Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

MacDonald, George Harper

Rank: Captain

Regiment: 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of William Macdonald, janitor ; born Glasgow, 10 February 1887 ; entered the University 1905; M.A., 1908 ; teacher, Butterburn School, Dundee, till outbreak of war. Macdonald enlisted in the R.A.M.C., attd. 3rd Highland Field Ambulance, September 1914 ; six months later he obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, and crossing to France, took his share for fifteen months in some of the heaviest fighting of the war. He was wounded in July 1916 and in August was promoted Captain. On recovering from his wound, he returned to the front, and four weeks later was killed by a shell, 5 September 1916. He was mentioned in dispatches by Sir Douglas Haig for "gallant and distinguished service in the field", 13 November 1916. A friend wrote of him : "Clever, cheerful, resourceful, he is at the same time as true and reliable as one would wish one's friend to be . . . he is a born officer".

Date of Death: 05 September 1916

Burial Details: Name recorded on the Theipval Memorial.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

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