John Alexander Macrae

Second Lieutenant J A MacRae - High School Photo
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Black Watch 11th Battalion attached 8th Battalion
1914 Enlisted in the Stock Exchange Company of the 5th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. 1915 Gazetted Second Lieutenant in 11th Black Watch in April. This battalion, formed in October 1914, remained in Britain for the duration of the war and was designated a ‘Reserve’ battalion. This fits with the information that Macrae was employed as an instructor in musketry and sniping. From 16th June 1916 Macrae was serving in France and I suspect that it may have been at that point that he was attached to the 8th Battalion part of 26th Brigade (Highland), 9th (Scottish) Division. At the time of Macrae’s death the battalions of this brigade were heavily involved in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge and the efforts to capture and hold Longueval and Delville Wood
Death18th July 1916
Killed in action. Macrae died during the fighting of 14th – 18th July. His school obituary records that the trenches where the battalion was stationed were being shelled by the Germans in preparation for a counter attack. 2 5.9 shells landed causing many casualties one of whom was Macrae.
BurialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10 A.
John C Macrae (c1863-1930) & Catherine Macmillan (c1862-1939)
Wine & Spirit Merchant
Donald (c1893-), William F (c1894-), Catherine F (c1897-)
High School of Glasgow
Employed by Boyd & Dunn, Stockbrokers, St Vincent Street, Glasgow
Wilton Gardens, Glasgow
19 Regent Park Square, Kinning Park, Glasgow
19 Regent Park Square, Kinning Park, Glasgow
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Primus Lair 137
Scottish National War Memorial
In 1905 Macrae sailed from Liverpool on SS Oravia to Buenos Aires, Argentina to visit family.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch 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 the High School of Glasgow, Ancestry, and Find my past. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Family Search Scotlands People The Long, Long Trail The Scottish War Memorials Project


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

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