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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


Sgt. William Macbeth

British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

from:Monien, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co. Donegal

(d.1st Jul 1916)


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.


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. 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.


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.


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.


Pte. Alexander Macdonald-Kelly

British Army 5th battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders


(d.12th Oct 1917)

My great uncle, Alexander Macdonald, was 17 years old when he joined the Army. He had tried when he was only 16 years old, but his mother found out and he had to wait until he was 17.

Alexander was born at Culloden Ross & Cromarty, he was one of twelve children. His parents were Hector Macdonald of Skye & Christina MacRae. Alexander left many memories his time in service and we have many photographs of him alone and also with his unit during his years from 1913 to 1917. One comment on a photo with his unit " Aye smiling"

First he joined the Lord Lovat Scouts, then transferred to the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He was called Sandy by his family. His brother Kenneth also died in 1917 from war wounds, at least his mother was able to say goodbye to Kenneth, he was her first born child. He was 25 and married. His daughter, Ivy, was born three months after his death. Alexander was one of 200 men who died on that dreadful day at Passchendaele, Belgium on 12th of October 1917. His name appears in the Roll of Honour page 543 at the Cameron Highlanders Museum. Alexander is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, the largest War Cemetery in the world, where almost 12,000 souls are buried.

Alexander was 21 years old when he died, he was greatly loved by his family, his many photographs, in particular, the one on his horse was on display in his parents home alongside one of his brother Kenneth, for future generations to admire and give eternal thanks to their sons and the many many brave men & women who gave their lives, to enable us to have the freedom we have today.

Their memories will live on forever. I have inherited all the photographs, my cousin has his medals


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



Sgt John William Mace

British Army 13th Btn, B Company Essex Regiment

from:West Ham


Pte Samuel Charles Mace

British Army 2nd Btn Coldstream Guards

from:Lancefield Street, Queens Park, London

(d.2nd Aug 1917)

Samuel Mace was born 20th Dec 1888 in Leicester and joined the Coldstream Guards on the 7th May 1906 in that city. His trade before entering the army was a moulder. His education within the Army took place at the Duke of York's Royal Military School; Royal Hibernian Military School; Industrial School under Home Office or Local Government Board. He obtained a Certificate of Education 2nd Class on 6 July 1906 and also passed swimming in 1906 and passed Ambulance Class at Aldershot on 19th March 1907. He married Mabel Cove on 25th December 1911 and they had three children - Eileen, Samuel Alan (known as Alan) and Joan born in 1916 the day after Samuel returned to the front.

His military history sheet shows that he served at home from 7th May 1906 until 25th August 1914. From 26th August 1914 until 14th December 1914 he was with the Expeditionary Forces Overseas. Between 15th December 1914 and 8th August 1916 he was serving at home. From the 9th August 1916 until 2nd August 1917 he was with the Expeditionary Forces Overseas. His wounds were: Shell wound shoulder - Routed 6.11.14 and a Gun shot wound to the head at Bolsinghe.

He died on 2nd August 1917 from this second wound in No. 46 Casualty Clearing Station, France and Mabel was notified on the 8th August (the day before Joan's first birthday). He is buried at Mendinghem British Cemetery 4 1/2 miles NW of Poperinghe - Mabel was notified of his burial place on 19th November 1917. His total years of service was 11 years 88 days.

Mabel received 26/3d a week War Widow's Pension from 11th Feb. 1918. Sam's Service Record doesn't indicate whether there was any backdated pension to August 1917. Mabel received Sam's posthumous campaign medals in 1922 - a 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


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


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

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

Duncan Macfarlane in 1916. He is fourth from the right


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.

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