Rev. William Thorburn Elmslie
War dead Male Born 24/6/1894 Died 9/2/1945
The Reverend William Thorburn Elmslie, M.A. He was born on 24 June 1894 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the son of Leslie Cruickshank Elmslie and Catherine Elmslie, nee Thorburn. His father was a ship owner and marine insurance broker.
The 1901 census shows him living with his parents at 51 Bidston Road, Birkenhead and they were still there at the time of 1911 census. He married Mairi McLeod Shaw and they had one son, Leslie John Elmslie who was born on 9 June 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire.
He is listed in 1936 in the Post Office telephone directory as living at 12 Newton Grove, Bedford Park, Chiswick and it was here that he was still residing with his wife at the time of his death. He was the General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of England and was attending a conference in Church House, Tavistock Place on 9 February 1945 when it was hit by a V2 rocket and he was killed. He is buried in Grange Cemetery, Grange Road, Edinburgh and when probate was granted to his widow his effects totalled £32,173-0s-11d.
See Find a Grave for his gravestone.