Record

CodeNA11068
Dates1912-1995
Person NameRoxburgh; William (1912-1995); Royal Air Force
SurnameRoxburgh
ForenamesWilliam
EpithetRoyal Air Force
ActivityWilliam Roxburgh (1912-1995), was born on 3 June 1912 in Ayrshire. He was educated at Kelvinside Academy and served an apprenticeship with a sugar and produce broking firm in Glasgow. By the age of 20 he was assistant to the managing director. He then gained employment with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in Abadan, Iran. At the outbreak of the First World War he resigned and returned to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. In qualified as First Pilot with the Royal Air Force in 1942. In June of that year he participated in the 1,000 bomber raid on Bremen, Germany, for which he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. In 1944 he was attached to the British Liaison Group in Washington, U.S.A. In 1949 he unsuccessfully contested the Glasgow Gorbals division at a by-election as a Conservative candidate. He was vice chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland from 1965 to 1974. His subsequent career was in the electrical industry and he retired in 1976. In 1981 he received the OBE. He died on 22 August 1995.
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