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Abraham Charles Thornton was born on 28th February 1893. He attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1911 to 1912 as an evening student of Drawing and Painting, his teacher at that time was W. Jackson. Thornton's address was noted as 14 Monteith Row, Glasgow and his occupation was registered as Lithographic Artist. Thornton came back to continue his Drawing and Painting course at The Glasgow School of Art from 1919 to 1921 as a day student after being awarded a bursary from the Ministry of Labour. His address changed to 7 Ardgowan Terrace, Glasgow and he kept working as a Lithographic Artist. The Glasgow School of Art Student registers shows that from 1920 a Veronica Cecilia Thornton was also living at the same address. It's unclear what their relationship was.
During the First World War, Thornton served as a Private in The Highland Light Infantry (Territorial) regiment, and his service numbers were noted as #3149 and #330881. Abraham Thornton served also as a Pioneer in the Royal Engineers who designed and built the front line fortifications (his regiment number noted as #425892). From August 1914 the Royal Engineers consisted of 1056 officers and 10394 men of the regular army and Special Reserve, which grew to a total manpower of 295668 by August 1917. Thornton was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
It is unknown what happened to Thornton after 1921.Thornton is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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