Ypres-Salient Archie MacDon­ald

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

KIL­BRAN­DON war memo­rial lists an­other name killed at Ypres: Lance Cor­po­ral Archibald MacDon­ald, of the 43rd Bat­tal­ion, (Man­i­toba) (79th Cameron High­landers of Canada) Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force (Cana­dian In­fantry).

He­len Glen­nie records: ‘Archie was born on Fe­bru­ary 8, 1886, at Toberonochy, Lu­ing. With the bot­tom fall­ing out of the slate in­dus­try, Archibald, like oth­ers, went to Canada in search of work, where he mar­ried Mary Brown, daugh­ter of the baker in El­len­abe­ich, in 1911 in Man­i­toba. They lived in Lip­ton Street, Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba, and had a fam­ily of three chil­dren.

‘Be­tween April and Au­gust 1916 the Cana­dian corps de­fended the south­ern stretches of the Ypres Salient. Bat­tles at St Eloi Craters, Hill 62, Mount Sor­rel and Sanc­tu­ary Wood marked the first oc­ca­sion in which Cana­dian di­vi­sions en­gaged in planned of­fen­sive op­er­a­tions dur­ing the First World War. In these ac­tions the Cana­di­ans re­con­quered the vi­tal high ground po­si­tions that de­nied the Ger­mans a com­mand­ing view of the town of Ypres.

‘Archie Macdon­ald died on June 11, 1916, at the Bat­tle of Mount Sor­rel, The third bat­tle of Ypres, Bel­gium, where he is buried at Sanc­tu­ary Wood Ceme­tery – the cen­tre of the Bat­tle of Mount Sor­rel (June 2-13, 1916) in­volv­ing the 1st and 3rd Cana­dian Di­vi­sions.’

The Oban Times pub­lished an obit­u­ary of Archibald MacDon­ald on July 16, 1916.

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