One of the greatest players in Rangers' history, William Thornton spent his entire career with the Glasgow club. He made his debut for Rangers as a 16 year old in a reserve match v Partick Thistle at Firhill in March 1936. Alongside him also making his debut was a 15 year old, the great William Waddell.
A young Thornton ( centre) on his way to school in Broxburn,
shortly after signing for Rangers
'On the night of 31/1, 986278 Gunner THORNTON accompanied his Battery Commander as Signaller to an O.P. on Point 22. He maintained constant communication for 18 hours and passed down Fire Orders often under heavy shelling and mortar fire. By his coolness and devotion to duty Gunner THORNTON gave great assistance to his Battery Commander in bringing down his fire on the enemy.'
The four Commanding Officers recommended the Military Medal be awarded immediately, 'In the Field'. Below is the letter from King George VI apologising to William Thornton M.M. for being unable to present the award personally, and the medal itself.