Donald Campbell McMinn

RankCorporal 39630D C McMINN - Memorial Plaque
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentRoyal Scots, 12th Battalion
Military Service

According to the Scottish National War Memorial McMinn started his military career in the Black Watch (Private 42290). It is not known which battalion of the Black Watch he served in, nor when he transferred to the Royal Scots. He was not entitled to the 1914-15 Star so he cannot have gone to France until after January 1916.

Nothing is known about the details of McMinn’s time at the front but he must have been amongst the casualties sustained on the night of 3/4th May when an attack was made by part of the severely depleted battalion of Royal Scots in order to aid the escape of three companies of 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers.


1890, Glasgow

Death3rd May 1917
Circumstances of Death

Officially killed in action.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial which means his body was not recovered and identified.  It is likely that he was first posted as ‘missing’.

MemorialArras Memorial, Bay 1 and 2
CWGC Information

Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. McMinn, of 7, Firpark Terrace, Denniston, Glasgow; husband of Christina Henderson McKenzie (formerly McMinn), of 135, Kilmarnock Rd., Shawlands, Glasgow.


Alexander C McMinn (c1866-1946) & Catherine C McCaffer (c1866-1949)

Father's Occupation

Tea and provision merchant, shop at 156 Duke Street, Glasgow


William (c1889-), Charles R (c1892-1915), Archibald (1894-1894), Catherine C (c1897-1983), Janet R (c1900-), Alexander C (c1905-)


Christina Henderson married 1912, Cambuslang


Whitehill Secondary School, Glasgow


Not known

1891 Census

Mcintosh Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow

1901 Census

219 Onslow Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow

1911 Census

118 Ingleby Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow [not at home]

Home Address

Not known

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quintus Lair not known
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Whitehill Secondary School War Memorial
D McMinn is listed on Bluevale Church War Memorial (the church was located on Duke Street before it was demolished)

Other Information

On his parents’ gravestone McMinn’s rank is given as Corporal
In the index to his marriage in 1912 he is named as Dugald Campbell McMinn.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

Glasgow Post Office Directories



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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