Wounded in­fight­ing

Stirling Observer - - INTIMATIONS -

Vil­lagers were this week in mourn­ing over the death of a Stirling area sol­dier who had never seen the youngest of his chil­dren.

Pte Mal­colm McDon­ald, who was serv­ing with the Royal High­landers and whose wife lived in Buchany, was killed in ac­tion on Au­gust 24, 1917.

Pte McDon­ald’s death was, said the Ob­server, as se­vere a blow as any to hit a fam­ily in the area given the num­ber of de­pen­dents hit by the tragedy.

Be­sides a wife, he left five chil­dren, two boys and three girls, aged two months to 11 years.

Pte McDon­ald, who had been a year in the Army and had never seen his youngest child, went to France with his reg­i­ment in May, 1917.

Be­fore join­ing up, he worked for 13 years as a as a plough­man at Home Farm, Doune Lodge.

Orig­i­nally from Skye, he was re­garded as a dili­gent and ca­pa­ble work­man. Pte Tom Rorie, from Deanston, was re­ported to have been wounded in the lat­est fight­ing. He was in hos­pi­tal in Eng­land but pro­gress­ing well.

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