Wednesday, 9 August 2017
CAIRNS, George Ritchie
Royal Field Artillery
Interred in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor cemetery
George Ritchie Cairns was born in Partick, Glasgow, in 1894, the youngest son of James Cairns, a police constable (later police inspector) and his wife Mary Cairns nee McKeown, who came from Belfast.
He was educated at Hillhead High School in Glasgow University, where he graduated prior to enlisting shortly after the outbreak of war.
A keen athlete he won several prizes for running and was captain of the school's Rugby football team. It was his intention on leaving school to enter the legal profession and was to have entered the office of the Town Clerk on the day he was gazetted.