Private MALCOLM MACDONALD
"Murchadh Chaluim Aonghais Duinn"
Known in his family as Murdo
Last address in Lewis: 25 Tobson, Great Bernera
Son of Malcolm and Mary Macdonald.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/7383
Enlisted at Stornoway
Date of birth: 12 October 1897
Date of death: 25 April 1915 at the age of 17
Killed in action
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 38,
Local memorial: Great Bernera
Malcolm was one of the 4 children of Malcolm and Mary, the others being Catherine (1894), John George (1900) and Donald (1903).
His brother John George was in the RNR; Angus in the Ross Mountain Battery. These three survived the war.
Battalion war diary, 25 April 1915
The battalion has moved from Bailleul in France to a position near
Wieltje, northeast of Ypres in Belgium. Their involvement with the
battle starts today.
Very wet indeed.
Moved into position for attack at 4 am.
Attack commences at 5.30 am. Brigades from left to right. R Warwickshire
Reg - Seaforth Highlanders - R Dublin Fusiliers - R Irish Fusiliers.
Came under heavy fire when getting into position before attack commenced. Finally took up a position and dug in as well.
6.30 am Absolutely great except for a great deal of shelling on eastern
flank. Line readjusted and altered after dark. Trenches improved.From
right to left companies B C D
Very wet day till 8 am - fine afternoon. Weather was very hot and sunny. There was a great deal of shelling all the time.
Officers killed: 20
Died of wounds: 12