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Malcolm Colin McGregor LAW

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Surname: LAW

Forename(s): Malcolm Colin McGregor

Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1915-12-29

Awards: M.I.D.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Plot 2. Row J. Grave 5.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Malcolm Colin McGregor Law was the son of Duncan George and Emily Law, née Laycock. Duncan was born at Bradford and Emily at Keighley, Yorkshire.

1891 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 19, North Park Road, Manningham - Malcolm C.M. Law, aged 1 year, born Bradford, son of Duncan G. and Emily Law.

1901 Westgate-on-Sea, Kent Census: Streete Court - Malcolm C. Law, aged 11 years, born Bradford, Yorkshire. Scholar. [Malcolm was at the school with his brothers, Kenneth and Ralph Law.]

1911 Guiseley, Yorkshire Census: The Hall, Hawksworth - Malcolm Colin McGregor Law, aged 21 years, born Bradford, Yorkshire. [Malcolm was living with his sister Coralie Ava and brother William Kenneth Law. Their parents were not at home.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Lt Malcolm Colin Mcgregor Law, 1/6th West Riding Regiment (T.F.). Theatre of War first served in: France. Date of entry therein: 14 April 1914. Correspondence: Mrs D.G. Law (mother) Thornfield, Bradford, Yorks.

Malcolm is commemorated on the War Memorial in St. Oswald's Church, Guiseley and by a stained glass window in the church. The window is also in memory of the officers and men of the 1/6th and 2/6th Battalions Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) who fell in France and Flanders during the Great War.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Photograph: 'The Graphic' (22 January 1916).

Data Source: Honour & Awards (CPGW Book)


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


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Lieutenant Malcolm Colin McGregor LAW

Lieutenant Malcolm Colin McGregor LAW

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: LAW

Forename(s): Malcolm Colin Mcgregor





Rank: Lt

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 6th Battalion (Territorial)


Died Date: 29/12/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War:


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Surname: LAW

Forename(s): M C McG

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn

Age: 26


Died Date: 29/12/1915

Additional Information: Son of Duncan G. and Emily Law, of Hawksworth Hall, Guiseley, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: 2ND SON OF DUNCAN G. LAW HAWKSWORTH HALL GUISELEY, YORKS.)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


LAW Malcolm Colin McGregor of Hawksworth Hall Guiseley Yorkshire a lieutenant of His Majesty’s 16th [sic] West Riding Territorial regiment died 29 December 1915 on active military service in Belgium Probate Wakefield 24 March to Duncan George Law merchant. Effects £2183 16s. 3d.

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Guiseley War Memorial, St. Oswald’s Church, Guiseley

Guiseley War Memorial, St. Oswald’s Church, Guiseley

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03 September 1915


The official list of officers’ casualties published on Monday morning includes the name of Lieutenant M. C. M. Law, of the 6th Duke of Wellington's Regiment (Territorials), who has been wounded in France. A member of the firm of Law, Russell and Co. Limited, Bradford, Lieutenant Law is the son of Mr. Duncan G. Law, of Hawksworth Hall, a former president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce. Lieut. Law, in the days before the war, took an active interest in the Bradford Guild of Help.

01 October 1915


News was received in Skipton on Tuesday that the 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment had suffered a further series of casualties during the recent heavy fighting in France and Flanders. Various rumours as to the extent of the losses have gained currency, but information from reliable sources states that in all two officers and 12 men have been wounded. No details are forthcoming however, except in isolated instances, as to the nature of their injuries, or how they were sustained.


One of the officers wounded is Major C. M. Bateman, whose relatives were informed of the fact on Tuesday. The communication was to the effect that he had been slightly wounded in the back by a piece of shrapnel. Later information indicates that Major Bateman is making satisfactory progress.
The wounded officer has been connected with the 6th West Ridings for many years, and for some time was captain of one of the headquarter companies. He was gazetted as major after the outbreak of war.
Major Bateman is connected with the firm of Messrs. T. and M. Bairstow, manufacturers, of Sutton and Bradford, and was at one time a prominent playing member of the Skipton Rugby Football Club, figuring with much success in the position of wing-three-quarter.

The other officer wounded is Lieut. M. C. M. Law, who in private life is a member of Messrs. T. Russell and Co., merchants, of Bradford.

07 January 1916

LAW – Died of wounds in Flanders, December 29, aged 26, Lieut. Malcolm C.M. Law, 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, second son of Duncan G. Law, Hawksworth Hall, Guiseley, Yorkshire.

07 January 1916


A supplement to the ‘London Gazette’ of Saturday last contains Sir John French’s final list of recommendations for gallant and distinguished conduct in the Field. The despatch in which Sir John French brings the names to the notice of the Secretary for War is dated November 30. The Secretary of War Office announces that a list of honours and rewards, based on the recommendations, will be published on the earliest possible date.

The following officers, N.C.O.s and men of the 6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, are included in the Field Marshall’s list:–

Capt. (Temp. Major) C. M. Bateman.
Capt. N. B. Chaffers.
Capt. A. B. Clarkson.
Capt. S. F. Marriner, W.R. Regt. (adjutant).
Lieut. M.C.M. Law (deceased).
Regt. Sergeant-Major O. Buckley No. 2870.
Corpl. J. Bury, No. 2308.
Corpl. H. Calvert, No. 2180.
Corpl. T.W. Limmer, No. 2165.
Pte. T. Brook, No. 3375.
Pte. R. Snowden, No. 3128.
Lieut. L.G.R. Harris.
Second Lieut. J. Brierley.
Sergeant-Major E. Smeath, No. 929.
Sergt. N. Hinchcliffe, No. 603.
Sergt. A. Pearson, No. 2222.
Lance-Sergt. W. Gaynor, No. 1502.
Lance-Corpl. H. Batley, No. 426.
Lance-Corpl. J. Taylor, No. 1019.
Pte. H. Mallinson, No. 2010.
Pte. L. Shaw, No. 48.


It is a sad coincidence that shortly before the publication of the above list, news should be received of the death from wounds of Lieut. Malcolm C. M. Law. Lieut. Law is the second son of Mr. Duncan G. Law, Hawksworth Hall, Guiseley, Yorkshire, and prior to the departure of the 6th West Ridings for the Front was for a period stationed at Skipton with the 2/6th Battalion.


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