George Douglas MacLellan

MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 5th (City Of Glasgow) Battalion
Military Service

Cadet Sergeant, Merchiston Castle School Contingent, Junior Division, OTC

Gazetted Second Lieutenant in 5th HLI October 1914

During the First World War the family firm P & W MacLellan Ltd was converted to munitions production (shells and later track links for tanks) so it is no surprise to find MacLellan working for the Ministry of Munitions for about 9 months before being posted to France.
Although MacLellan had been commissioned into 5th Battalion HLI this was serving in Palestine in 1917 and he was, instead, sent to the 2nd Battalion of the regiment, in the 5th Brigade of the 2nd Division. He landed in France on 20th March 1917 and presumably reached his battalion on either 24th or 28th March (the battalion’s War diary unfortunately does not name the officers who arrived on those days).

Death28th April 1917
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action.  The battalion took part in the Battle of Arleux on 28th-29th April (part of the Arras Offensive) and Maclellan was killed on the first day.  No details about his death are given in the War Diary.

MemorialArras Memorial, Bay 8
CWGC Information

Son of George Scott MacLellan, of “Dunard”, Sydenham Rd., Glasgow. B.Sc. (Glasgow).


George S Maclellan (c1855-1942) & Maud Stephen (c1860-1937), mar. 1882 Glasgow

Father's Occupation

Iron Merchant


Walter S (c1885-), Alexander S (c1887-), Elspeth M (Mrs Skinner) (c1887-1930)




Merchiston Castle School 1903-1908. Played cricket in 1st XI.
University of Glasgow BSc 1912


Worked for the family firm of P. & W. MacLellan, Ltd., Clutha Works, Glasgow.

1891 Census

9 Park Circus, Glasgow

1901 Census

10 Merchiston Bank Terrace, Edinburgh

1911 Census

West Lodge, Dowanhill

Home Address

West Lodge, Crown Circus Road, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Upsilon Lair 16
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Merchiston Castle School War Memorial
University Faculty of Engineering
Troon Golf Club

Other Information

Maclellan sailed from London for Colombo, Ceylon in September 1913 (probably a business trip).
Medal card gives his rank as both 2/Lt & Capt; CWGC says 2/Lt.

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

2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, War Diary August 1914 – March 1919. (TNA WO 95/1347/2)



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

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