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David McChleary was born in Clydebank on the 25th March 1891, one of three children of Agnes (née Black) and William McChleary. He had two younger sisters, Euphemia and Isabel. McChleary attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1906 to 1915, beginning when he was only 15 years old, as a part time student of Architecture. Euphemia also joined The Glasgow School of Art in 1913 as a student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, McChleary served as a Private in the Highland Light Infantry as well as a Lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. After the war, McChleary married Margaret Whyte in Glasgow, 1919. By 1939, he had become a member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and his only known works are located in Helensburgh. He died in 1951, aged 60, in Glasgow. McChleary is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ The Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/index.php Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/