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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.

Christine Chittock

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.

Black Sapper

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.

Joyce Surenne Penny

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.

Seumas MacArthur

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.

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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

Andrew Macaulay

Sgt. William Macbeth .     British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Monien, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co. Donegal

(d.1st Jul 1916)

Alan Macbeth

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

S. Flynn

Pte. MacDonald .     British Army Gordon Highlanders

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

Pte. Albert Edward MacDonald .     British Army 12th Btn. East Surrey Rgt.   from Peckham

(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.

M Crook

Pte. Donald John Macdonald .     British Army Cameron Highlanders   from Peninirin

(d.5th October 1915)

Iain C Macdonald

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.

s flynn

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.

Alison Burtt

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.

s flynn

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.


Sjt. Walter Gordon MacDonald MID..     British Army 12th Btn. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from Altofts

(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.

John Macdonald

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.

George Macdonald

Pte. John William MacDougall .     British Army 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI

Thain Wendell MacDowell VC, DSO .     Canadian Expeditionary Force 38th (Ottawa) Canadian Infantry Battalion   from Canada

S. Flynn

Petty Officer Stephen Henry Lawrence Macey Belgian Croix de Guerre.     Royal Navy HMS Minotaur   from Upper Dovercourt, Harwich , Essex

Looking for informationm

Pipe Mjr. Duncan Anne Macfarlane .     British Army 1st Btn. Black Watch   from Crieff

Pipe Major Duncan Macfarlane after the war, in 1923. He is central to the photograph behind the large drum.

My great grandfather, Duncan Macfarlane, was in the Black Watch in WW1. He was born in Brig O'Turk and served throughout the war returning to Scotland and living until 1968. He was a Pipe Major at some stage and was active in the Comrie and Creiff areas. I do not have any more details of his service and would like to find out more. I think that he may have been in the 1st Battalion.

His son, also Duncan Macfarlane, was in WW2 but did not return home. He was captured in St Vallery en Caux before being sent to Poland where he died in 1943.Again more details on my great uncle are sought.

Duncan Macfarlane in 1916. He is fourth from the right

Anne Brown

Pte. Robert Macfarlane .     British Army 12th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers   from Tarbolton, Ayrshire

My grandfather, Robert Macfarlane, was a miner in Tarbolton, Ayrshire. He may have been in the Territorial Forces prior to World War 1. He was in Egypt and in the Palestine Campaign and then the 12th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers who were part of the 31st Division, 94th Infantry Brigade who served in France until the end of the war.

Neil Thomas Black

Sgt. Donald MacGilvray .     British Army 8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders   from Inverary, Argyll

My (elder) Uncle, Sergeant Donald MacGilvray, joined up at Dunoon on the first day of WW1. He was gassed at some point but served till the end of the war.

I believe he was possibly at Delville Wood and probably at Beaumont Hamel.

Donald R Smith

Cpl. Alfred George Macgouran .     British Army 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment   from Southwark, London

(d.30th Sep 1914)

David Magauran

Gnr. Gregor Alexander MacGregor .     British Army 173rd Brigade, ABty Royal Field Artillery (d.30th November 1917)

Gregor MacGregor was the son of Mrs Mary MacGregor, 11 Bangor Road, Leith. He was aged 21 when he died. Gregor is buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, France, Grave I.A.2.

L/Colonel John "Jock" MacGregor VC MC & Bar DCM.     Canadian Mounted Rifles 2nd Regiment   from Canada

S. Flynn

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