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Philip Sidney Passmore was born on the 2nd July 1900, in Northampton, where the family remained until at least 1911, one of 2 children (Mary Josephine, born 1902, and Stuart Bernard, born 1903) of Catherine Passmore (née Dunkley) and Sidney Ira Passmore, a shoe-maker/shoe machine mechanic from Pollok, who died in 1935 aged 60. Passmore attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1916 to 1917, while also working as a temp clerk at 77 Hill Street, Glasgow During the First World War, Passmore served in the Royal Volunteer Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant, and received a campaign medal awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen (1914-25). In 1921, after the war, he worked as the 2nd mate of a foreign going steamship, and later worked towards a bachelors in Engineering Management. On the 23rd June 1924 he married Helen Stewart Mcdonald, who died in 1970 in Edinburgh; however he later remarried on the 10th July 1928, to Jeannie Mccallum Brown, a thread mill worker from Paisley. Passmore died in 1996, at the age of 96, in Strathaven. Passmore is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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