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John Telford is noted on The Glasgow School of Art registers as being born on the 12th of November 1881, though there are no exact matches on Scotland's People or Ancestry to confirm his date and place of birth. This may be an error in the student registers. Telford attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1905 to 1906, and again from 1907 to 1908 as a part time student of drawing and painting. From 1908 to 1912, he studied as a full time student of drawing and painting. From 1907, he is recorded as holding an occupation as a teacher. During the First World War, Telford served as a Corporal in the Royal Scots Fusiliers as well as the Royal Scots. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal. He is commemorated on The Wishaw High School First World War memorial which was unveiled by Reverend J. A. F. Dean on the 24th of June 1920. It is likely that this is the school he taught at whilst studying at The Glasgow School of Art. Telford is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: The Scottish Military Research Group: http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-post-71035.html