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William Allan Mollison was born in Glasgow, Lanark on the 1st of April 1896 to John Mollison, a dyer and his wife Margaret Houston Mollison. He studied at Hillhead High School and Glasgow's Technical College before enrolling to a part time Architecture course at the Glasgow School of Art in 1913.
He volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and immediately joined the 9th Highland Light Infantry as a Private. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 2nd/6th Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regt) on the 17th June 1915 and volunteered for service in France the following September, where he served with the Expeditionary Force. After several months in the trenches at Ypres he developed rheumatic fever and was invalided to hospital. Once recovered he was put on draft work backwards and forwards to France and in 1916 served in the Battle of The Somme, during which he was promoted Lieutenant.
In November 1916 he was blown up into the air from the concussion of a shell bursting on the parapet where he was on guard. This brought on a return of his rheumatism and he was again invalided home, where, after a time on light duty, he became attached to the Machine Gun Corps. Having successfully gone through his training, he was put on as an Instructor for five months.
In December 1917 he left for Palestine where he served until April 1918, when he was recalled to France with the 52nd Division. He died at the 14th General Hospital, Wimereaux as a result of wounds and gas received in action on the 1st October 1918. He is buried in Terlinethun British Cemetery, Wimille, near Boulogne. He was recommended for the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service in the field on the 27th and 31st August 1918.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.