Caption: Detail of stained glass window in St Ninian's Episcopal Church, Troon

Percy George Symington was born in March 1896 and was the third son of George Elder and Mary Jane C Symington of Windyhaugh in Troon, Ayrshire. He was a student at Loretto School, Musselburgh between 1910 and 1914.

After leaving school he was going to attend King's College, Cambridge but instead, as an 18 year old, enlisted in the army in August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War.

He was later commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant with the Highland Light Infantry.

The Battle of the Somme in Northern France was one of the defining events of the First World War. Fought between 1 July and 18 November 1916, for five months the British and French armies engaged the Germans in a brutal battle of attrition on a 15-mile front.

When the battle halted in November more than 1,000,000 Commonwealth, French and German soldiers had been wounded, killed or captured, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the worst in the history of the British Army with more than 57,000 casualties, of which 19,240 lost their lives.

One of these soldiers was Percy George Symington who was 20 years old when he was killed leading his platoon in the attack. His cousin, Captain Boyd, was killed with him.

Percy is buried at the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme in France.

Caption: Detail of stained glass window panel in St Ninian's Episcopal Church, Troon

In the aftermath of the First World War, memorials were erected across the UK to commemorate the many lives lost.

In St Ninian's Episcopal Church in Troon a plaque commemorates 21 men 'who made the supreme sacrifice', one of them being Percy George Symington.

In the east chancel of the same church there is a stained glass window dedicated to him. Designed and crafted by the Glasgow firm Guthrie & Wells in 1920 it includes scenes from the battlefield and a panel depicting St George and the Dragon.

The text in the window reads: 'In memory of Percy George Symington Lieut 17th H. I. who fell in the battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 in his twentieth year'.

In the chapel of Loretto School, Musselburgh, are a number of carved wooden memorial plaques commemorating former students.

One of these is an oak panel to Percy George Symington displaying the badge of the Highland Light Infantry and his family crest.

The memorials were designed by the prolific Edinburgh architect Sir Robert Lorimer (1864-1929).

Caption: Detail of drawing by Sir Robert Lorimer for the Symington memorial c1923 in the Loretto School Chapel, Musselburgh

In 1919 Lorimer had been appointed as an official architect to the Imperial War Graves Commission, and in this capacity designed over 300 memorials in villages, towns and schools in Scotland and England, as well as cemeteries in Greece, Macedonia, Italy and Egypt.

The largest, and perhaps best known of these commissions, was the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

The National Record of the Historic Environment holds a wealth of material illustrating and recording war memorials, including original drawings by Lorimer and other architects, as well as historic photographs and modern survey photographs.

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