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David Gray Terrace was born on the 15th of March 1893 in Carmyle, son of Janet Terrace (née Gray) and John Alexander Terrace, a master plumber. Terrace attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a part time student though his class is unmarked. He is noted to have had a senior art bursary. He was also enrolled to study from 1914 to 1915 but dropped out to serve in the First World War as a Private in the Royal Scots Labour Corps 13th battalion. He first served in France from the 9th of July 1915. After the war, he returned to GSA to study part time design from 1920 to 1921 whilst employed as a sanitary engineer. Terrace's Short Service Report details that his trade was engineering and that he was an apprentice plumber alongside his father for four years, but also that he has "given up". From the Parish of Old Monkland, Terrace enlisted on the 1st of September 1914 and was made a special reserve on the 3rd of September. On the 6th of July 1916, he was admitted to hospital in Boulogne with a gunshot wound to his left leg and remained there for 57 days before being discharged. The record also details minor offences committed such as on the 11th of January 1915, when on active service he was absent from a parade at 5:30pm. As a punishment, Terrace was confined to the camp for two days. Other offences such as a parade absence until 8:30pm on the 17th of November 1916 resulted in Terrace being refused 8 days of pay, and also for having a dirty rifle while on active service for which he spent another two days confined to camp. He is described as being 5 foot 3.5 inches tall, weighed 8 stone 9lbs, had a "fresh complexion" with brown hair and bluish grey eyes. He is also noted as a Presbyterian. Terrace died in the South of Glasgow in 1968, aged 75. Terrace is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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