McLeod, Donald C

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McLeod, Donald C

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Donald Campbell McLeod was born in Glasgow on the 14th April 1894, one of five children of Elizabeth McLeod, a dressmaker and Norman McLeod, a blacksmith. McLeod attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1910-1911 and again from 1914-1915, as a part time student of architecture. During the First World War, McLeod served as a private in the Cameron Highlanders 7th battalion. This battalion was formed in Inverness and landed in Boulogne on the 9th of July 1915, though

Sources state McLeod was first posted on the 8th July 1915. It is possible that McLeod joined as part of a Pals battalion alongside other students who fought in the First World War, including Andrew McWilliam, James Drummond and John McGirr. On 2nd October 1915, he was admitted to hospital for a bullet wound. McLeod was killed in action on the 17th August 1916, aged 22, and has a memorial in Pozieres British Cemetery in France. His death is likely to have occurred at the Battle of the Somme which took place from the 1st of July to the 18th of November 1916. The Battle of Pozieres took place within the Somme, between the 23rd of July and the 3rd of September 1916, where battalions fought for a small village on high ground which gave occupiers an advantage of sight. It is possible that his comrade Andrew McWilliam also lost his life at this battle. McLeod is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/; Every Man Remembered: http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/734996/; Lives of the First World War: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2845217#facts; The Long, Long Trail: http://www.1914-1918.net/cameron.htm; http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-battles-of-the-somme-1916/; Imperial War Museums: http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-pals-battalions-of-the-first-world-war

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