Webster, Alfred A

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Webster, Alfred A

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Alfred Alexander Webster was born in Pollokshields on 19 December 1883 to Ann Jane Webster (née McCall) and George Webster, a shipbroker. He was educated at Albert Road Academy, Pollokshields, after which he joined his father's firm as a shipbroker's clerk. In June 1902 he married Maude Caroline Murdoch Cochrane, and the following year he enrolled as an evening student at The Glasgow School of Art. From 1903/04 to 1904/05, and again in 1906/07, he studied variously architecture, modelling (sculpture), drawing and painting, and stained glass under Stephen Adam Junior. In 1904 he left his position in his father's firm to work at the Stephen Adam studio, where he worked on church commissions including the Lansdowne Church in the West End of Glasgow. He became a partner in 1909, and after the death of Adam in 1910, continued as sole partner of the company until he enlisted in the 3rd (reserve) battalion of the Gordon Highlanders in February 1915. In March he received his commission of 2nd lieutenant, and in June was sent to the Ypres salient on the Western Front. Two months later he was wounded while on patrol, and died at Étaples on August 24th 1915. After his death, Stephen Adam & Co was transferred to his wife Maud, who continued to run the business until selling it in 1930 to her son George Gordon McWhirter Webster, who followed in his father's footsteps to become a highly-regarded stained glass designer. Alfred Alexander Webster is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour. An erstwhile member of the University of Glasgow Officers Training Corps, he also features on the University of Glasgow's WW1 Roll of Honour.

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Sources: The University of Glasgow Story: http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/ww1-biography/?id=2950; 'Alfred Webster's great legacy at Lansdowne Church': http://www.westendreport.com/alfred-websters-great-legacy-lansdowne-church; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.


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