George Victor MUIR

Regiment:               Royal Air Force, “B” Squadron  

Rank & Number:      2nd Lieutenant  

28 January 1900; Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh  

                       18 October 1918; Upavon, Wiltshire  


GEORGE VICTOR MUIR was born 28 Jan 1900 at Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, to parents John, a brewer's agent, and Elizabeth Paterson Hughson (who married in the Queen Hotel, St. Colm Street, Edinburgh on 20 Mar 1899).  He died as a result of an aeroplane accident during training on 18 Oct 1918 in Upavon, Wiltshire, and is buried at Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh.  

George attended George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, and later Edinburgh University, and is named on the rolls of honour of both:-  

  George Watson’s College Roll Of Honour

  A son of the late J. Muir, Edin., was born in 1900, and attended G.W.C. 1906-17, where he      
  played Rugby and cricket. After training in the E.U.O.T.C., in 1918 he joined the R.A.F. While a
  Cdt., he was killed at Upavon, Wiltshire, in an aeroplane collision. A particularly bright and
  cheerful boy, he was a leading member of St. Matthew's (Edin.) Literary Society.  

  Edinburgh University Roll Of The Fallen

  MUIR, GEORGE VICTOR (b. 1901) George Watson's College.  Edinburgh University O.T.C.
  Infantry, Oct 1917 to Jan 1918, Cadet.  Royal Air Force, Officer Cadet Jan 1918; 2nd Lieut. Oct
  1918.  Killed in an aeroplane accident in the south of England on 18 October 1918  

George’s paternal grandfather, also George Muir, was a farmer of 40 acres, tenant at Underbank Farm, West Kilbride, where George’s father John was brought up.   

In the 1901 Census, George, aged 1, is at 42 Leamington Terrace, Morningside, Edinburgh with parents John (49, b. West Kilbride, brewer's traveller) and Elz. P. (38, b. Edinburgh)  

The 1905 Valuation Rolls show John Muir, owner occupier of Rockhaven (office, grounds & house).  In the 1915 Valuation Rolls, the owner occupier of Rockhaven is Elizabeth Paterson Hughson or Muir, widow of 42 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh (John died in 1909).  By 1920, Rockhaven is owned by someone else.


Glasgow Herald, 21 October 1918
At Upavon, Wilts (result of an accident), on 18th last, George Victor Muir, Second Lieut., R.A.F.,  aged 18, dearly beloved elder son of the late John Muir and of Mrs Muir, 42 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, and Rockhaven, Fairlie, Ayrshire    

Student at George Watson's College, Edinburgh 1906-1916; student at Edinburgh University 1916-1918; promoted 2nd Lieut. 17 Oct 1918; killed in aeroplane accident 18/10/1918

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