Second Lieutenant Lachlan Seymour Graham, 7th/12th (Service) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, born on 19 September 1882 in Glasgow, was the only son of Duncan Graham, a well-known Glasgow Leather Manufacturer, and Isabelle Graham (nee McLachlan), of 12 Princes Square, Glasgow.


Duncan Graham had an interest in politics and public life. He was one of the original members of the Glasgow Liberal Club, a past President of the Eighth and Broomielaw Municipal Wards, and the Director of the Glasgow Agricultural Society. He was also a keen cricketer and golfer.


Lachlan went up to the University of Glasgow in 1900 to begin his studies for an Arts degree. He took many subjects, including Latin, Logic and Moral Philosophy. In his final years in Arts he discovered his strong suits, and did well in Political Economy and in James Irvine's class of Civil law, in which he took 11th equal place. Perhaps it was that success which encouraged him to take up law. After graduating MA in 1905 he matriculated again for Scots Law and over the next few years gradually put together a BL. He graduated for a second time in 1910.


Before the war he had been Secretary of Glasgow Business Club, Treasurer of West of Scotland Lawn Tennis Club and Manager of Renfield Street United Free Church.


It was while he was forging his way in the legal profession as sole partner of Messrs. Hubbard & Seymour Graham, Glasgow, that he decided to join up. Lachlan took a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 7/12th (Service) Bn. Highland Light Infantry. It was at Passchendaele, the very name of which evokes the image of so much loss and waste in muddy quagmires, that he was fatally wounded.


Lieutenant Lachlan Seymour Graham was wounded in action on 23 August 1917, and died at a Casualty Clearing Station on 29 August 1917, age 34. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Ypres (Ieper), Belgium and is also commemorated in Helensburgh Cemetery.

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