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William James Kenneth Mackieson was born in Stirling on the 24th September 1895, one of three children of Hannah (née Strong) and Joseph Walker Mackieson, a hairdresser. He had an older sister Joanna, and younger sister, Hannah. Mackieson attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1914-1915 as a full time student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, Mackieson served as a Private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 2nd battalion. This battalion formed in August 1914 at Fort George and landed in Boulogne on the 14th of August 1914. Mackieson died on 29th October 1916 whilst serving, aged 20. His death may have occurred in the Battle of the Somme which occurred from the 1st of July to the 18th of November 1916. This war saw the first use of tanks. The Battle of the Ancre Heights took place between the 1st of October and the 11th of November 1916. A memorial for him is located in Holy Rude churchyard, Stirling. Mackieson is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: The Scottish War Graves Project: http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/scottishwargraves-ftopic211.html Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/; The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net/argyll.htm; http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-battles-of-the-somme-1916/