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L/Cpl. Michael McDougall .     British Army 2nd Battalion, C Coy. Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(d.9th Aug 1915)

Michael McDougall served as a Lance Corporal with 2nd Battalion, "C" Coy. Durham Light Infantry. He was aged 32 when he died on 9th August 1915. He was born and enlisted Jarrow. He was the son of Jessie and the late Michael McDougall of Jarrow and the husband of Gertrude May McDougall (nee Catchpole) of 79 Queen's Road Jarrow. On the 1911 census he is recorded as Michael McDougall age 28 Rivetters Holder On at Shipyard is with his wife Gertrude May McDougall and daughter at 90 High Street, Jarrow. His mother Jessie McDougall and family are at 48 Stead Street, Jarrow in 1911.

Michael is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. David McDowell .     British Army 27th (Tyneside Irish) Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers   from Rainton Meadows Fence Houses, County Durham

(d.4th July 1916)

David McDowell was my Great Grandad, after his death his wife was unable to cope and had to have some of her children fostered out, so no-one seems to have much information about his service record or death.


Cpl. John McDowell .     British Army 404th Highland Field Company Royal Engineers   from 46 MacKechnie St. Govan, Glasgow

(d.1st Aug1917)

My grand father, John McDowell served with the 404th Highland Field Company, I would like to get his service record and find out which battles he fought and the circumstances of his death.

James F McDowell

Rfm William McDowell .     British Army 8th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Belfast

(d.17th Aug 1917)

S. Flynn

Capt. Dan McElduff MC..     British Army Northumberland Fusiliers   from Pack Horse Inn, Burnopfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear,

My grandfather, Dan McElduff served in the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was awarded the MC in 1916 when serving on the Somme. I have added some pictures that I have. I am looking for any information that I can find regarding him and his war service history. It would also be nice to pass on his pictures to any of the family of his friends in his pictures. This might be a big and impossible task, but would be nice to do.

Colin McElduff

Pte. John Patrick McEvoy .     British Army 11th Battalion Essex Regiment   from Cardiff

My grandfather John McEvoy, was wounded when he was buried in a shellhole in Zonnebeke on 10th April 1918, 19 days after my mother's birth. He required at least two operations and over a year of hospital treatment but luckily survived. My mother was always told that he was never the same after the war, hardly surprising really. He then died in his early 40's so could probably be considered a casualty of war. My mother talked of him with great affection over 70 years after his death; he was a gentle, kind man and she often helped him in his work as a tailor.

Today my husband and I visited Polygon Wood Cemetery and found the graves of a few men from his battalion who died in the days immediately after he was wounded. I found it very moving to think that they may have known my grandfather. However awful his experience and however much it contributed to his early death, he surely had a better deal than those poor lads.

Joseph McEvoy .       from Jarrow

Joseph McEvoy is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (west face) Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Alexander Norman McEwan .     British Army 9th Btn. Seaforth Highlanders   from Belfast, N.Ireland

Alexander McEwan served with the Seaforth Highlanders I've been trying to locate my father's service record for some time without success. However, I found his Medal Roll Index Card. He was 16 years old in 1915 when he enlisted. My older sister thought he was in the 9th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. However, he played football in the war and his football medal is engraved "Ripon Garrison Association Cup Competition".

He also had a "On War Service Badge" dated 1915 which was usually given to a civilian, unless it wasn't his. I have checked the roll call of names of ALL Seaforth Highlander Battalions but his name is not there. The number on the "On War Service Badge" is 92635. His father was Scottish - hence his enlistment in a Scottish Regiment.

Patricia McDermott

Pte. William McEwan .     British Army 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.1st July 1916)

William McEwan served with 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was aged 23 when he died on 1st July 1916. Born in Jarrow in 1893 he was the son of William and Euphemia McEwan of 1 Kent Villas Jarrow. On the 1911 census, William McEwan age 18 Drapers Assistant is listed as living with his parents William and Euphemia McEwan and family at 75 St. Paul's Road, Jarrow. He enlisted in Newcastle.

William is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. A. McFarland .     British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)

Sapper Daniel McFarlane .     British Army 250th Tunnelling Coy Royal Engineers.   from Musselburgh

(d.24th Feb 1917)

Daniel McFarlane was my father's oldest brother who served in the military on two separate occasions. His ultimate sacrifice came about in Feb 1917 while he was serving with the Royal Engineers 250th Tunnelling Company.

Denise McFarlane Osowick

Sjt. George McFarlane MID.     British Army 18th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

18/47 Sjt George Macfarlane of the 18tn Bn Northumberland Fusiliers received a Mention in Dispatches on 7 April 1918 from Douglas Haigh, London Gazette issue 30698.

Pte. John McFarlane .     British Army 4th Btn. King's Liverpool Regiment   from Liverpool, England

(d.22nd May 1918)

John McFarlane was the son of William and Margaret McFarlane, of 14, Gerard Street, Byrom Street, Liverpool. He served with the King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Battalion. A pre-war Territorial soldier who had been serving on the Western Front for three years McFarlane evidently decided that he had had enough and deserted the lines.He was executed for desertion on 22nd May 1918, aged 27. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery in Belgium.

s flynn

Pte. Nicholas McFarlane .     British Army Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.1st Feb 1917)

Nicholas McFarlane served at the Depot with the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was aged 47 when he died on 1st February 1917. Born in Belfast, he died in South Shields. He had enlisted in Newcastle and was the husband of Margaret McFarlane (nee Parrette) of 4 Knight Street Jarrow.

Nicholas is buried in Jarrow Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

L/Cpl. James McFetridge .     British Army 10th Btn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders   from Thornliebank

James McFetridge enlisted at the outbreak of WW1 with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was wounded at the Battle of Loos by an exploding shell in both legs one of which had to be amputated. He was hospitalised in Clacton-on-Sea and discharged in Perth on 4th November 1916. He was a talented footballer and had signed to become professional just before the war.

Sheena Learmonth

L/Cpl James McFetridge .     British Army 10th Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders   from Main Street, Thornliebank, Renfrewshire, Scotland

James McFetridge was my great uncle. He enlisted in the 10th Btn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in August 1914. He was sent to France in the summer of 1915. His btn became part of the 27th brigade, 9th Division which took part in the Battle of Loos. James was seriously wounded which was reported in the Glasgow Evening times of 7th October 1915. He was eventually discharged on 4th November 1916 and lived until 1949. James previously worked in the Thornliebank printworks whose 1914-1916 Roll of Honour is now available online. It is held in the Glasgow City Archives, Mitchell Library


Pte. James McGachie .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots   from Edinburgh

(d.14th May 1915)

James McGachie was lost during fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium.He was 39 years old, brother of John McGachie of 75 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh. James is remembered in Ypres on the Menin Gate.

Vin Mullen

Pte. James Richard McGahan .     British Army 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(d.21st Mar 1918)

James Richard McGahan served with the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He was aged 31 when he died on 21st March 1918. Born in Wallsend in 1886 he was the son of John and Annie McGahan (nee Stevenson) of Jarrow. On the 1911 census James Richard McGahan age 24 General Labourer in Shipyard is listed as living with his parents John and Annie McGahan and brother at 80 Union Street, Jarrow. He enlisted in Jarrow.

James is remembered on the Arras Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Company Sjt Mjr. McGargle .     Army 2/9th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Reynolds McGeary .     British Army 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers   from Jarrow

(d.2nd May 1915)

Reynolds McGeary served with the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was aged 29 when he died on 2nd May 1915. He was born in Jarrow in 1886, the son of Reynolds McGeary. He enlisted in Newcastle as a regular soldier, on the 1911 census he is listed as Reynolds McGeary age 23 a Private with 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, his father Reynolds McGeary and his stepmother Annie McGeary are at 32 Dock Street, Tyne Dock, South Shields. He was the brother of Mr. J. McGeary of 21 Stanley Street Jarrow.

Reynolds is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Bernard McGee .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.18th Jan 1915)

Bernard McGee, Private 10321 is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

Vin Mullen

Sjt. Lewis McGee VC..     Australian Imperial Force. 40th Btn.   from Avoca, Tasmania

(d.12th Oct 1917)

Sgt. Lewis McGee VC..     Australian Army 40th Btn. Australian Infantry   from Avoca, Tasmania

(d.12th Oct 1917)

Lewis McGee was killed in action 12/10/1917, aged 29. Buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of John and Mary McGee, of Ross, Tasmania; husband of Eileen Rose McGee, of Avoca, Tasmania.

An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30400, dated 23rd Nov., 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when, in the advance to the final objective, Serjt. McGee led his platoon with great dash and bravery, though strongly opposed, and under heavy shell fire. His platoon was suffering severely and the advance of the Company was stopped by machine gun fire from a ' Pill-box ' post. Single-handed Serjt. McGee rushed the post armed only with a revolver. He shot some of the crew and captured the rest, and thus enabled the advance to proceed. He re-organised the remnants of his platoon and was foremost in the remainder of the advance, and during consolidation of the position he did splendid work. This Non-commissioned Officer's coolness and bravery were conspicuous and contributed largely to the success of the Company's operations. Serjt McGee was subsequently killed in action."


L/Cpl. Michael "Spud" McGeeney MM..     British Army Royal Dublin Fusiliers   from Hartlepool

Michael McGeeney was severly wounded 3 times during the time he served in France. He was awarded the MM for galantry, apparently it would of been the Victoria Cross ... but he was Irish. He was given leave to return to Hartlepool, where they had a brass band waiting for him.

His nick name was Spud McGeeney and he was known as the Mushroom King, as he knew where to find them. He was also in the Royal Navy at some point on HMS Dido.

Graham Milburn

Pte. John McGhee .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots   from Edinburgh

(d.22nd Apr 1915)

John McGhee lost his life with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke. He was aged 26, the son of John and Margaret Wilson McGhee of 85 Westport, Edinburgh. John is remembered in Ypres at the Menin Gate.

Vin Mullen

Pte. John McGonigal .     British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Bootle, Liverpool

(d.3rd Oct 1918)

John McGonigal was my Great Grandfather's eldest brother. He was born in Liverpool in 1889 and died in October 1918 as a POW in Szczypiorno Prisoners of War Cemetery. He has a headstone in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery (Poland) and his name is also commemorated on the Bootle Civic Monument and Our Lady of Immaculate Conception RC Church in Everton.

Prior to WW1 John worked on Liverpool docks as a labourer together with his father (also John). He was married to Alice at the time of his death and lived at 4, Daley Place, Orrell, Bootle. I would be interested to hear from anyone who had relations at Szczypiorno Prisoners of War Cemetery during WW1.

Richard McGonigal

Pte. H. McGow .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.1st June 1915)

H. McGow is buried in Edinburgh Rosebank Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Lt. David Stuart McGregor VC..     British Army 6th Btn. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) (d.22nd Oct 1918)

Lieutenant David McGregor served with the 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Regiment during WW1. When attached to the 29th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps he was killed in action on the 22nd October 1918, aged 23 and is buried in the Stasegem Communal Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of David and Annie McGregor, of Ferragon, Craigs Rd., Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 13th December, 1918, records the following:-

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Hoogmolen on 22nd of October, 1918, when in command of a section of machine guns attached to the right flank platoon of the assaulting battalion. Immediately the troops advanced they were subjected to intense enfilade machine-gun fire from Hill 66 on the right flank. Lt. McGregor fearlessly went forward and located the enemy guns, and realised that it was impossible to get his guns carried forward either by pack or by hand without great delay, as the ground was absolutely bare and fire swept. Ordering his men to follow by a more covered route, he mounted the limber and galloped forward under intense fire for about 600 yards to cover. The driver, horses and limber were all hit, but Lt. McGregor succeeded in getting the guns into action, effectively engaging the enemy, subduing their fire, and enabling the advance to be resumed. With the utmost gallantry he continued to expose himself in order to direct and control the fire of his guns, until, about an hour later, he was killed. His great gallantry and supreme devotion to duty were the admiration of all ranks.

S Flynn

Pte. E. G. McGregor .     British Army 6th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)

Pte. Peter Archibald McGregor .     British Army 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders   from Greenock

(d.31st Jan 1915)

Peter McGregor is my great Grandfather. Peter is buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France. I hope to travel there soon to lay flowers and to remember the sacrifice he and many others made so that we may live our lives in peace.

Archibald McGregor

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