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Surname: McDONALD

Forename(s): Allan

Place of Birth: Settle, Yorkshire

Service No: S/11928

Rank: Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Gordon Highlanders

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 7th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-05-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 8 and 9.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Allan McDonald was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Roy McDonald, née Thomson. Alexander was born at Banchory, Kincardineshire and Elizabeth at Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

1891 Settle, Yorkshire Census: 4, Bridge End - Allen McDonald, aged 11 months, born Settle, son of Alexander and Elizabeth K. [sic] McDonald.

1901 Aberdeen, Ferryhill, Aberdeenshire Census: 16, Portland Street - Allan McDonald, aged 10 years, born England, son of Alexander and Elizabeth R. McDonald.

1911 West Derby, Lancashire Census: Royal Field Artillery, No. 3 Depot - Gunner Allan McDonald, aged 20 years, born Settle, Yorkshire.

Allan was married to Kathleen Hutchison, also known as Byth.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl Allan McDonald, S/11928, Gordons.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl Allan McDonald, S/11928, 2nd Gordon Hdrs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Cpl Allan McDonald, 11928, 2/Gordon Hdrs. Date and Place of Death: 7.5.17 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Kathleen. £4 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Cpl Allan McDonald, S/11928, 2nd Ba. Gordon Hlrs. Date and cause of death: 7.5.17. Killed in Action. Widow: Kathleen McDonald, 80, Southhill Road, Aberdeen. [Address crossed out] 10, Clement St. Aberdeen. Date of birth: 10.1.89. Children: Beryl. Date of birth: 16.8.15. Date of expiry: 16.8.31. Pension: 20/- [£1 0s. 0d.] a week from 26.11.17.

Allan is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

It has not been proven that Allan McDonald is the Alan McDonald commemorated on the Grassington Roll of Honour.

See also: ‘Silva Gars’ by John Crowther (1930).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Gordon Highlanders

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Gordon Highlanders

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Forename(s): Allan

Born: Settle, Yorks


Enlisted: Aberdeen

Number: S/11928

Rank: Cpl

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 07/05/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): Allan

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: S/11928

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 07/05/1917

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‘Aberdeen Evening Express’ (25 May 1917)




Corporal Allan Macdonald, Gordon Highlanders, 80 Fonthill Road. Aberdeen, killed action on 7th May, was the youngest son the late Police Sergeant Macdonald, 11, Wellington Place, Aberdeen. Corporal Macdonald was originally a bandsman in the Queen's West Surreys, London, and when he came to Aberdeen he was musician in His Majesty's Theatre. He leave a widow and one child – a girl.

‘Aberdeen Evening Express’ (26 May 1917)


MACDONALD – Killed in action on 7th May, Corporal Allan Macdonald, Gordon Highlanders, beloved husband of Kathleen Byth, 80 Fonthill Road, and youngest son of the late Police-Sergeant Macdonald, 11 Wellington Place, Aberdeen.




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