Shand, George S

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George Shaw Shand was born in 58 King Street Glasgow on 31 Aug 1896, son of Agnes McInnes (née Sheldon) and William Shand, a spirit merchant. Shand attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1926 (with breaks in attendance from 1916-1917 and 1923-1925) as a part-time student starting with classes in Drawing and Painting and going on to specialise in Architecture. During his studies his occupation is noted as Apprentice Architect, Architect's Assistant, Architectural Draughtsman and Mechanical Engineer.

During the First World War, Shand served in France as a Private in the 14th Bantam Battalion, of the Highland Light Infantry regiment. Bantam Battalions were formed after August 1914 following the intervention of Alfred Bigland MP, who wrote to Lord Kitchener requesting that new battalions be set up for men under the 5ft 3in (160cm) height restriction.

After the war, Shand returned to The Glasgow School of Art to complete his studies and graduated with a diploma in June 1929. In 1931 Shand was admitted to The Royal Institute of British Architects, following successfully passing his professional examination in Edinburgh the year before. Shand then worked as an architect's apprentice at John Gaff Gillespie and opened his own practice in 1934 at 1 Blythswood Square Glasgow. Latterly towards the end of his life, he resided in the Newton Mearns area. Shand died on the 26th Nov 1976 at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. George S Shand is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: The Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk Ancestry http://www.ancestry.co.uk The Long Long Trail http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/ BBC News Magazine Bantams: The army units for those under 5ft 3in, Tom de Castella [9th Feb 2015], http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31023270

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