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John Walter Palmer was born in 1885 in Edinburgh, one of five children of Elspeth Palmer and James Palmer, a bootmaker. He attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1906 to 1911 as a full-time student in drawing and painting as well as life drawing. Palmer served in the 16th battalion of the Highland Light Infantry and was reported missing and presumed to be dead on the 18th of November 1916. He is memorialized in the Thiepval memorial. John Walter Palmer is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's World War One Roll of Honour.
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