Surgeon Probationer John Hislop Scotland Denmark England

Biography of Surgeon Probationer John Hislop

John Hislop was born on 2 June 1896 to the late Peter Hislop, formerly a grocer, and Mary Shaw-Hislop, of Miller Place, Wishaw.

In 1912 Hislop enrolled at the University of Glasgow in order to study Medicine, taking the subjects of Chemistry, Zoology and Anatomy in his first year. His studies were interrupted with the outbreak of World War One, when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, as a Surgeon Probationer.

John served on board HMS Nessus, a M-Class Destroyer, and took part in the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, widely considered to be the greatest naval battle, both in the First World War, and of all time in terms of number of battle-cruisers and armed battleships engaged. It was during this battle, on 31 May 1916, that John perished, aged 20, along with four other members of the crew. His death has been commemorated at the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon.

Surgeon (Prob) John Hislop is listed in the University's WWI Roll of Honour.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R8/5/33/4 Matriculation Slips 1912-1913 Men H-L


Surgeon Probationer John Hislop
Born 2 June 1896.
Died 31 May 1916.
GU Degree: Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, 1911-1912;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: military; students
WWI: View WWI Roll of Honour Entry
English snippet: Medical student at the University of Glasgow 1912-13
Record last updated: 10th Feb 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Lanarkshire, Wishaw
Place of Birth

Denmark Denmark, Jutland
Place of Death

England England, Devon

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student