Guthrie, Hector Maclennan
Regiment: 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Biography: Son of James Guthrie, commercial traveller. Born Portsoy, 11 July 1892; educated at Fordyce Academy entered Aberdeen University as 2nd Bursar, 1910 graduated M.A. with First Class Honours in English, in 1914. Though he died "unknown to fame," those who knew Guthrie in his student days felt that, with his love of literature, his wealth of knowledge and his naturally easy and beautiful style, he would have made a place for himself in the higher ranks of students and writers of English. A sergeant in " U " Company of the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, he proceeded to Bedford for service with the Battalion in August 1914. Eager to increase his chances of being sent to the Front early in the war, he applied for and obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (S.R.) in October 1914. In May 1915 he was sent to the Dardanelles. Within a month he was reported missing after an attack on the Turkish trenches. His death on 4 June 1915 was later officially confirmed. Thus were cut off a character of uncompromising honour and an intellect of exceptional keenness.
Date of Death: 04 June 1915
Burial Details: Name recorded at Helles Memorial, Panel 59, Column 1.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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