George Victor Muir

Base. In memoriam. John Muir of Fairlie, Ayrshire, died 15th Dec. 1909 aged 57; his wife Elizabeth Paterson Hughson died 27th April 1937.

Small bronze plaque. George Victor Muir 2nd Lieut. Royal Air Force, 18th October 1918 aged 18

CWGC: 2nd Lieut George Victor Muir, “B” Squadron, Royal Air Force; d. 18 Oct. 1918, a. 18; s. of John and E. R. (sic) Muir of 42 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh.  W 592

George Victor Muir was born on 28 January 1900 at 42 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, the elder son of John Muir (1851-1909) and his wife Elizabeth Paterson Hughson (1862-1937). John Muir was the eldest son of an Ayrshire farmer.  He moved to Edinburgh and worked variously as an agent, accountant and brewer’s traveller.  He married Elizabeth Paterson Hughson in 1899 and died in December 1909 leaving his widow with two young sons to bring up.  Records reveal that his estate was valued at £6589 so he left his family comfortably well off.

George was educated at George Watson’s College 1906-17 and was briefly a student at Edinburgh University, where he was a member of the University O.T.C.  He enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on 29 January 1918 – the day after his 18thbirthday – as an Officer Cadet.  He completed the course of instruction as a Pilot at the Central Flying School at Upavon in Wiltshire on 17 October and was killed the following day when the Sopwith Camel he was flying (F2196) collided in mid-air with another Camel (D1820) flown by George Alexander Moir.

Edinburgh University Roll of the Fallen  (A day by day diary of the Sopwith Aviation Company and its products through 1918)