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William Herd Todd was born in Partick, Glasgow in 28th October 1892, one of three children of Margaret Todd (née Thompson) and William Todd, a commercial book keeper. Todd attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1903 to 1907 as a student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, Todd served as a lance corporal in the Highland Light Infantry regiment. He died in action in Belgium on the 15th April 1918. Todd is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.