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Sgt. William Mabbott CdeG.

British Army 12th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire

Will Mabbott joined the Army in 1900, 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire, aged 18. He was drafted to South Africa a year later, and from there he was transferred to India. He served in India for approximately 10 years with the 1st Battalion North Staffordshire. He was discharged in 1912.

At the start of the Great War he re-enlisted as part of Kitchener's third army. In 1914 he was promoted to Sergeant in the 12th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. William fought at Loos, Ypres, Messines, Somme and Cambrai. He was awarded the Croix De Guerre (Belgium). In 1918 he was badly wounded and discharged from the Army. Due to the severity of his injury he lost his right leg. He returned to Mansfield Woodhouse and died there in 1928.


Sergeant Frank Tildesley Mabson MM.

Canadian Army McGill University Battalion, 2nd Company Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

from:Toronto, Canada

Frank Tildesley Mabson was a student of Victoria College in the University of Toronto when he enlisted in the McGill University Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Montreal. He joined the British Expeditionary Force in France in September 1915 being identified as McG186 2nd Company PPCLI. Frank kept a diary from September 28th 1915 to June 11th 1916. As a sergeant he was awarded a military medal for his bravery during the action at Vimy Ridge in 1917. "During the action of VIMY RIDGE on 9th - 10th April, this N.C.O. displayed gallant conduct and splendid leadership of his Platoon throughout the advance and consolidation. He showed a splendid example by his indefatigable efforts. He was severely wounded towards the close of the first day. Too much cannot be said of his gallant actions. He has been with the Battalion for the past two years and the nature of his wounds will, in all probability, prevent his return." (Lon! don Gazette no. 30188 dated 18th July 1917) The action for which he was recommended for the Military Medal was his attack on a machine-gun emplacement with the aid of Private Sherwood. Frank attacked the position, captured the crew and destroyed the emplacement. Due to his wounds (the loss of sight in one eye) he was sent down the line and evacuated back to the UK. Despite this loss of vision he drove until his death in 1981 at the age of 91. One of his few regrets was that he did not continue keeping his diary after June 1916.


2nd Lt. J L MacAlpine

British Army 9th Lancers

2Lt MacAlpine joined 9th Lancers at Meteren on 11th of March 1915 from 11th Reserve Cavalry.


Lt. David Christie Macarthur

British Army No. 8 Mt Bty Royal Garrison Artillery

from:5 Cumin Place, Edinburgh, Scotland

My Grandfather, David Christie Macarthur served with No 8 Mt Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery in Peshawar, India during WW1. He was born on 3 March 1898, and was awarded medals which he applied for on 11 March 1921 shortly before his first marriage. The family does not know when he left the service.


Pte. John MacArthur

British Army 8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

from:Fornisaig, Isle Of Islay

(d.1st Jul 1916)

John and Gibert MacArthur were brothers who were practically compelled to enlist in the Army by the local landowner in fear that their parents might be evicted as the Highland clearances were still in operation although a little more subtle than the brutal clearances of the 19th century, nevertheless this was the situation in 1914.

John & Gilbert both fell in the Great War although we have very little information. We understand John was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We don't know the circumstances where Gilbert fell. We are not even sure if both were in the same regiment. Which would probably be the 8th Argylls. Both brothers were born and lived in the crofting township of Fornisaig in the Rhinns parish of Kilchoman on the Isle of Islay in Argyll, Scotland. As all the old relations are all passed away. It would be nice to know the circumstances of their deaths on active service.


2nd.Lt. Desmond Maurice Macartney-Filgate

Royal Air Force

from:Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

(d.30th May 1918)

Desmond Macartney-Filgate was killed while flying on the 30th of May 1918. Aged 18 years, he was the 3rd son of Charles Alexander Hume Macartney-Filgate.


Pte. James Macaulay

Australian Imperial Forces 36th Btn.

from:24, Meadowfoot, West Kilbride, Scotland.

(d.9th Jun 1917)


Cpl. Samuel Macaulay

British Army 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

from:14 Mount Collier Ave, York Road, Belfast

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Samuel Macaulay was engaged to my grandmother but was killed in the war and his brother, my grandfather, who was a sergeant in the R.A.M.C. married her instead. Samuel is buried at Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery.

In Memory of Corporal Samuel Macaulay

14/16726, 14th Bn., Royal Irish Rifles who died age 24 on 07 June 1917. Son of Susan Macaulay, of 14, Mount Collyer Avenue, York Rd., Belfast, and the late Samuel Macaulay.

Remembered with honour at Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


LDH. John MacAuley

Royal Naval Reserve SS Kenmare

from:Islivig, Stornoway

(d.2nd March 1918)

Leading Deck Hand MacAuley was the Son of Donald and Peggy MacAulay of 7, Islivig Miavig, Stornoway, Lewis, husband of Catherine MacAulay of Breanish, Islivig, Stornoway. He was aged 37 when he died and is buried north of the church in the Balrothery (St Peter) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Dublin, Ireland.


Sgt. William Macbeth

British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

from:Monien, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co. Donegal

(d.1st Jul 1916)


Pte. John A MacCallum

Canadian Army 13th (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) Btn.

from:Burnstown, Ontario

John MacCallum was with the first group of the Lanark and Renfrew Regiment to enter Germany, having been captured near Ypres. Uncle Jack was reported missing and was held as a prisoner of war at Giessen. He was taken prisoner and sent to the salt mines. After three unsuccessful escape attempts, he was sent to a farm in Germany. He was prisoner for three and a half years. He was beaten with a rifle butt and during one escape attempt, he was crawling through a furrowed field and had the pack on his back shot off. He received a handwritten letter from George V for those who served in the prison camps for the duration.

Jack re-enlisted in the 48th Highlanders and worked as a barber at Camp Borden, Ontario. He passed away in 1957, he was my grandmother's brother.


Surgn.-Lt. John Sides Davies MacCormac

Royal Navy HMS Black Prince

from:Co. Down, N. Ireland

(d.31st May 1916)

He was killed in action at the Battle of Jutland


Pte. MacDonald

British Army Gordon Highlanders

Private MacDonald was a prisoner at Westerholt POW Camp, from which he escaped.


Sister MacDonald

Queen Alexandras Nursing Service No. 32 Stationary Hospital

Sister MacDonald served at No 32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux and No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport.


Capt. MacDonald

British Army No. 46 Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps


Pte. Albert Edward MacDonald

British Army 12th Btn. East Surrey Rgt.


(d.29th July 1917)

Albert MacDonald was my great grandfather. Very little is known about him, as my grandmother never knew him. They lived in Leo Street, off the Old Kent Road. He married Emily Hamilton Butler, at St Judes Church in 1909.


Pte. Daniel Stewart MacDonald

British Army Highland Light Infantry

from:Glasgow, Scotland

(d.15th Jul 1917)

Daniel MacDonald was my grand uncle, the brother of my grandfather. He was killed in action at age 32 in Nieuport, West Flanders, Belgium. He is memorialized in Belgium but no one in the family knows where he was laid to rest. My grandfather kept the photo of Danny for the rest of his life.


Pte. Donald John Macdonald

British Army Cameron Highlanders


(d.5th October 1915)


Pte. Frank MacDonald

Canadian Expeditionary Force 1st Btn. Canadian Mounted Rifles

Frank MacDonald was a prisoner in Munster II POW Camp, after being captured at Sanctuary Wood on 2nd June 1916. He escaped to Holland from the Auguste Victoria coal mine, where he had been sent on a work party.


Pte. Harold Newton Macdonald

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.28th Mar 1918)

"Harold Newton Macdonald, killed in action on March 28, 1918, while serving with the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. His name is on the Arras Memorial. His parents, Charles and Eliza Macdonald, lived in Julian Avenue on the Lawe, near to where, today, his name appears on the St Aidans Church roll of honour, now in St Stephens.Church and on the memorial at South Shields Golf Club where he was a member. "


Pte. Harry MacDonald

British Army 12th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

(d.4th Nov 1916)

Pte. Harry McDonald served with the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. He was executed for desertion on 4th Novmber 1916 aged 34 and is buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery, Louvencourt, France.


Dvr. Harry MacDonald

British Army 112 Bty., 24th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

from:United Kingdom

(d.23rd November 1920)

Driver MacDonald was 21 when he died and is buried in the Kamptee Roman Catholic Cemetery in India.


Sjt. James MacDonald

British Army 30th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

from:Stirling, Scotland

James MacDonald was my grandmother's brother who served in the 30th Field Ambulance in Egypt, he sent a Christmas card sent to my Grandmother in 1917. At the end of the war he returned to Egypt to work on a water project. He briefly met his other sister Grace when she emigrated to Australia in 1919 and her boat stopped in Egypt. The family never heard from him again.


L/Cpl. John Macdonald

British Army 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.18th Jan 1917)

Cpl. J Macdonald served with the 19th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. He was executed for quitting his post on18th January 1917 aged 28 and is buried in St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, St. Pol-sur-Ternoise, France.


Pte. Norman MacDonald

British Army 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders

from:Askernish, South Uist

(d.2nd Jun 1916)

Norman MacDonald was only 18 years old when he was killed. He was born in Askernish, South Uist, the son of Malcolm and Sarah MacDonald. It is believed that he joined up to get a new set of bagpipes. He was described as a tall blonde lad whom everyone was fond of. His parents never got over the tragic loss of their son.


Pte. Thomas Macdonald

British Army 16th Btn. Cheshire Regiment

from:Hebburn Durham

(d.19th July 1916)


Pte. Thomas MacDonald

British Army 9th Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)


(d.28th March 1917)


Sjt. Walter Gordon MacDonald MID.

British Army 12th Btn. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry


(d.12th May 1917)

Walter McDonald was my great grandfather. I have been researching him for some time but have come to a dead end. He was mentioned in dispatches, but as of yet I cannot find out why. I have contacted the regimental HQ who helpfully sent me a copy of the war diary for this period, but alas Walter is not mentioned. I have acquired 2 differing copies of his Medal card, one with the Great war trio on and the other with just his MID. Any advice of avenues to follow would be gratefully received.


Pte. William Macdonald

British Army 5th Btn. C Coy. 12th Platoon Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

from:Harrapool, Skye

(d.14th Oct 1917)


Pte. William John Macdonald

British Army 4th Btn. Cameron Highlanders

from:Inverness, Scotland

William Macdonald served with the 4th Cameron Highlanders.

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