Donald Macleod, 5 Park, Carloway
Sergeant DONALD MACLEOD
Last address in Lewis: 5 Park Carloway,
Son of Donald Macleod
Service unit: Cameron Highlanders
Service number: 3/5398
Enlisted at Inverness
Date of death: 12 October 1917 at the age of 23
Died of wounds
Interred: Tyne Cot Cemetery, grave L.II C.12
Local memorial: Carloway
Decoration(s):Had been awarded Military Medal for bravery. Held Mons Star
Wounded 1914. Was employed in Inverness before the war
Donald appears in the 1901 census aged 6, the son of Donald (47) and Catherine (48) and brother of John (18), Marion (13), Christy (12), Kate A (10) and Kenneth (5 months).
His brother John served in the Canadians from 1916 to 1918.
Another gallant son of Carloway has fallen. Donald Macleod, 5 Park Carloway, has received intelligence that his son, sergt. Donald Macleod, Camerons, was killed in action on 12 October 1917. The sad news cast a gloom over the whole district. Sergt Donald Macleod, who was only aged 23, was employed at Inverness at the outbreak of war. Mobilised with the 3rd Cameron Highlanders, he proceeded to France on September 14th and was in the thick of it ever since. Over a year ago, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and lately he was recommended for a high honour, and had he survived, he would have been decorated on coming out of the trenches. It was not to be, however. He was a young man of upright character, a most dutiful son, a genial and true friend, and a general favourite with all who knew him. The greatest sympathy is extended to his bereaved parents, brothers and sisters in their great sorrow. His officer writes:
"Today we mourn with you the loss of your gallant son, Sergt. Donald Macleod, killed in action 12/10/17. He was my platoon sergeant and could not have had one more trustworthy or capable of leading his men in action. We, his surviving officers, extend to you a hand in deepest sympathy and desire to express our own sense of loss in a good comrade gone".