Graham Brymner Macdonald

MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal (not confirmed)
RegimentCanadian Infantry, 7th Battalion
Military Service

In January 1900 MacDonald was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery and is found stationed at Dover Castle next year when the census was taken. He served in the RGA for ten years according to his enlistment papers in 1915 but little is known about his service. By 1906 he had reached the rank of Lieutenant and in February that year he was appointed Adjutant to the 1st Renfrew and Dumbarton Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers) with the temporary rank of Captain. In 1908 he was still serving as adjutant and as a result of the conversion of the Volunteer Force into the Territorial Force that year he transferred to the 3rd Highland (Howitzer) Brigade (TF). It is not known exactly when he left the RGA but in March 1910 he arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on his way to Mannville, Alberta.

When the First World War broke out MacDonald enlisted on 6th August 1915 at Edmonton, Alberta six weeks after the death of his father. Apart from the basic facts of his enlistment, details of his service are unknown. It is not known when he went to Europe but it may have been as part of the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion which reinforced the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion which had been serving in France since February 1915 in the 2nd Canadian Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. The Division took part in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and MacDonald may have been present at these engagements before taking part in the Battle of Vimy which started on 9th April 1917. The war diaries of the 7th Battalion are on line but it has proved impossible to trace GB MacDonald in them (there is at least one other Macdonald in the Battalion).


27th June 1879, Greenock

Death12th April 1917
Circumstances of Death

Died of wounds.
Macdonald was wounded on either 9th or 10th April.

BurialWimereux Communal Cemetery, III. E. 4.
CWGC Information

Son of John and Margaret Macdonald, of 6 Spring Gardens, Glasgow.


John MacDonald (1836-1915) & Margaret Cameron (1836-1924), married 1865

Father's Occupation

John Macdonald & Son, coal masters, 18 Renfield St. ; depots, Caledonian Railway, St. Rollox & Haghill, Duke St. (1891). Farmer (1911)


George M (1866-1868), Hugh C (1867-1947), Patrick R (1869-1945), Jane F (1870-1871), Charles G R (1872-1944), Margaret H (1874-aft 1919)




Royal Indian Engineering College 1897-1899


Regular soldier; farmer

1881 Census

2 Carlton Terrace, Maryhill

1891 Census

Brisbane Street, Greenock [visiting his maternal aunts].
Home address is 10 Oakfield Terrace, Hillhead

1901 Census

Dover Castle. Home address is 2 Garrioch Gardens, Maryhill

1911 Census

Mannville, Alberta, Canada [Father, mother, brother Patrick and sister Margaret have emigrated as well]

Home Address

Mannville, Alberta, Canada

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Upsilon Lair 95
Other Memorials

Not on Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

In 1919 Macdonald’s widowed mother and his sister Margaret returned to Scotland, initially to Greenock and then to Glasgow.
In some sources MacDonald’s middle name is given as Bremner.

Acknowledgements and Sources


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

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