JOHN MANN SUMMERS was born 10 Feb 1884 at Burntshields, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire,to
parents James, wholesale stationer, and Hannah Mary
Annie McLean Coventry (who were married in
Switzerland on 15 Feb 1882). He died of lung cancer on 18 Dec 1938 at home at Beach House, Fairlie (aged 54, wholesale stationer, married).
married Gertrude Mary Hardie or Cowan in Glasgow in 1917.
father John Summers established Mann, Summers & Co., Wholesale Stationers
along with his partner John Mann. The
1888 Glasgow Index of Firms described it as “one of the most important houses in its
line in Glasgow. Established as
mercantile and export stationers in 1878 at Buchanan Street, they removed in
the following year to the very extensive and convenient premises at 3, 5 and 7,
West Regent Street, from which, owing to continued increase in their business,
they have recently moved into more extensive and central headquarters in South
Hanover Street, where they give constant employment to over sixty persons. The
sole partners are Mr. John Mann and Mr. James Summers”
the 1891 Census, aged 7, he is living 111 Hill Street, Glasgow with parents
James (40, b. Whitevale, Glasgow, wholesale stationer) and Hannah (33, b. Whitevale, Glasgow)
In the 1901
Census, aged 17 and a coal merchant's clerk, he is living Ferry Park, Kilmun,
Argyll with parents James (50, wholesale stationer) and Hannah (43), 6 siblings
and 2 maids
the 1911 Census, he is aged 27, living Partick, Glasgow in household with James
(60) and Hannah (53)
1920 Valuation Roll has John Mann Summers, coal merchant, tenant at Beach House
(villa, offices, house, ground, stables); the proprietor is given as his wife
Gertrude M. Summers.
07 Sep 1914 (age 30, coal merchant, next of kin father). First theatre of war entered
was France on 11 Nov 1914, where he served until 10 Apr 1916. He was commissioned on 04 Aug 1916. His medal index card shows he received the
1914 Star and the British War and Victory medals. On 18 Oct 1917, the London Gazette reported
that he’d been awarded the Military Cross:-
2nd Lt. John Mann Summers, High.
gallantry and devotion to duty. When the
enemy attacked he led a counter attack across the open, and afterwards went
out, under heavy fire, and brought in a badly wounded man. Prior to the counter-attack he removed the
wire from an enemy block under rifle and machine-gun fire. Throughout the day he showed the greatest
coolness and resource, which were a fine example to all.