Tommy Stout has a special place in our reflections on the tragedy of the Great War and Remembrance
He is listed on both the Kelvinside Academy and Glasgow Academy Rolls of Honour and is specially remembered by the Peel of Bells that hang in the steeple at Oran Mor that sits equidistant between Kirklee and Kelvinbridge dedicated to the pupils of both Schools who fell
The pitch that Hawks play on at Balgray is integral to a War Memorial Trust and we should never forget that
With the approach of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month once more we remember them
The term Tommy was synonymous with WW1 but it was the name of Tommy Stout that tragically helped to bring it all home to Glasgow rugby
He stood for a generation of young sportsmen who never took to the fields of the West End again
The tragedy of WW1 started to unfold in the autumn of 1914 and in June 1915 it really hit home not this time on the Western Front but on Gallipoli's far shore
Gallipoli is often seen as an ANZAC Campaign but the British had contributed 468,000 in the battle for Gallipoli with 33.512 killed. 7,636 missing and 78,000 wounded.This was where one of the most tragic events for our founder clubs took place at Gully Ravine
Tommy Stout lived at 16 Huntly Gardens just off Byres Rd
He was a very talented player who played in the Glasgow Accies back division in a team that won the Scottish Club Championship in 1912-13 he also played for Glasgow and was an international reserve for Scotland 1912/14
He played his last match for Glasgow Accies on the 28th March 1914 in a match Hawks commemorated a century later in March 2014 when both 1sts and 2nds lined up with our opponents from Aberdeen Grammar in a joint act of remembrance .Of the fifteen who took the pitch in 1914 eight were killed and six were wounded by 1918 Three died together at Gully Ravine on 28th June 1915
Alongside Tommy Stout ,two Scottish Caps Eric Young and Willie Church also lost their lives .Thirty one Scottish Caps made the final sacrifice including Kelvinside Academical George Lamond
During the Centenary events for World War 1 we assembled at the Kelvinbridge War Memorial on Sunday 28th June 2015 100 years to the hour to remember those who went in that terrible morning
A year later at Oran Mor a Drumhead Service was held where representatives of both Kelvinside and Glasgow Academies mustered under the Commerative Bells
The significance to GHK is that today they wear the colours of The Cameronians The Scottish Rifles the very regiment that suffered the horrific losses as part of the 52nd Lowland Division--156th Brigade
The Scottish Rifles have another connection with sport in Glasgow having drilled at Burnbank then situated on Gt Western Rd near Kelvinbridge where Glasgow Accies and Rangers once played and the Inter City match was born and of course forming a football club that was to carry their name Third Lanark FC
It is hard to believe what these young rugby players faced when they exchanged the fields of the West End for the very different fields of Gallipoli and Flanders
“That was the object of sport as a training,
Each for his side, none for personal fame.
Prove now its value, give all uncomplaining,
Give for your country, though sterner the game.”
The Sterner Game
The following paragraphs describe how Tommy Stout made the ultimate sacrifice
June 28th 1915
The Gallipoli Association
“I do not think that many of us got much sleep - I know that to me the night was slow in passing - but dawn came at last, cool and beautiful, with a hint of the coming heat, and the dried-up sparse scrub had been freshened by the night's dewfall. One was impressed by the good heart of all ranks, but, whether it was premonition or merely the strain of newly acquired responsibility, I could not feel the buoyancy of anticipated success. I remember going round the line in the early morning and finding that there was some difficulty about the planks which the support and reserve companies had to put across the front trenches to facilitate passage, but these eventually arrived in time. The artillery bombardment which took place from 09.00 to 11.00 was, even to a mind then inexperienced in a real bombardment, quite too futile, but it drew down upon us, naturally, a retaliatory shelling. How slowly these minutes from 10.55 to 11.00 passed! Centuries of time seemed to go by. One became conscious of saying the silliest things, all the while painfully thinking, "It may be the last time I shall see these fellows alive!" Prompt at 11.00 the whistles blew."
Over the top went his men, to be met by a deadly stream of fire from all sides.Major Findlay soon realised that the attack was breaking down in No Man's Land. He sent back to brigade for reinforcements and moved forward up a sap with his Adjutant, Captain Charles Bramwell, and his Signal Officer, Lieutenant Tom Stout, to try and establish a forward headquarters. They did not get far; rank was no defence against bullets.
"The Medical Officer attached to the 6th Battalion Cameronians described the awful losses sustained under heavy bombardment and the heroic manner of Tommy's death. He had succeeded in rescuing his severely wounded Major, who was lying in the communications trench, exposed to the bombing. He wrote;
"It will be some little comfort to you to know that he met his death while bravely assisting a comrade. He died a true British soldier."
The Major he rescued also wrote to the family in glowing terms;
"Tom was a good soldier and a great favourite with all of us. I do not suppose there was an officer in the Battalion who knew his job better than he did."
Tommy Stout is commemorated on the panels of The Helles Memorial in Turkey at the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula alongside the names of Eric Young and Willie Church
“Some were decorated and died heroically; others fought and fell quietly "
The Final Whistle by Stephen Cooper