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Vincent McDowall McSkimming

Highland Light Infantry

18th Batt. Highland Light Infantry
He is remembered with honour on the Park Church Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 23.

The family home was 61, East Princes Street, Helensburgh The son of Vincent D. and Sarah McSkimming
Siblings: Vincent has three sisters, Sarah, Alice, and Mary. His brother, James, served as a sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery and received the Military Medal after being gassed.
Vincent McSkimming was born in Dumbarton where his father was a plater in the shipbuilding industry. He moved to Helensburgh to the employment of Mr Snodgrass at Millig Farm. Vincent died, from wounds received in battle, at Ypres. He was 19 years of age.
His gravestone reads ‘To memory ever dear’.

Andrew McShee M.A.

Argylls

11th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial, the Victoria Park Church Roll of Honour, Glasgow Education Authority Roll of Honour, Jordanhill College Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 19.

The family home was Stanwick, 38, Lomond Street, Helensburgh The son of Arthur McShee (boilermaker).
Andrew McShee was born in Lanarkshire. He attended Jordanhill Teacher Training College before becoming a science master at Hyndland School in Partick.
He married Catherine Anderson (a nurse) and had two children. Catherine succumbed to T.B., and the two children were raised by an uncle, David McArthur in Rhu.
Andrew died, when a shell landed on the Lewis Gun Team whilst on attachment to the Machine Gun Corps. He was 38 years of age. His remains were not recovered.

Andrew McNair

royal Garrison Artillery

Royal Garrison Artillery
He is remembered with honour on the St. Joseph's Church Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 22.

The family home was 38, Grant Street, Helensburgh The son of James McNair (gardener) and Mary McNair. 
Siblings: Andrew had two sisters, Janet and Helen, and one brother, John.
Andrew McNair was born and brought up in Helensburgh were his father was a ship’s fireman. He was employed as a carpenter with Messrs Osborne, carriers, before enlisting. He joined the Scottish Rifles and was then transferred to the 375th Siege Batt. of the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Andrew married Sarah (nee McMeny), a munitions worker in Gourock. They had been married less than a year when Andrew died, killed in action.
He was 21 years of age.

Dugald (Dougall) McMillan

Argylls

9th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing (Louverval Memorial), the Park Church Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 18.

The family home was 88, West Clyde Street and then 52, West Princes Street, Helensburgh. The son of Archibald and Rachel McMillan.
Siblings: Dugald had three sisters, Harriet, Helen and Andrana and one brother, Hamilton, who fought with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and survived the war.
 Dugald McMillan was born and brought up in Helensburgh where his father was a plumber. On leaving school, he was apprenticed to J.W.McCulloch as a house painter. He was a member of the local pipe band.
Dugald joined the local Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders with his brother, Hamilton. Hamilton was gassed but survived the war.
Dugald was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai at the age of 25. His remains were not recovered. 

Daniel Sellars McMillan

Merchant Navy

Merchant Marine
He is remembered with honour on the Tower Hill Memorial, the Park Church Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 17.

The family home was Knapdale, The Avenue, Craigendoran, Helensburgh, with his wife and three daughters. The son of John and Mary McMillan of Arran.
Siblings: Not known
Daniel McMillan was born in Arran. He was employed by Messrs Hardy and Co., Glasgow and had lived at Craigendoran for 17 years with his wife, Jeannie Russell McMillan and their three daughters.
Whilst sailing from Havana with a cargo of sugar bound for Queenstown, his ship, Caldergrove, was torpedoed by a U-boat off Fastnet.
Daniel was lost at sea at the age of 53.

James Wilson McLennan

Argylls

7th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Park Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 16.

The family home was 33, East King Street and then 48, Portland Place, John Street, Helensburgh The son of Elizabeth and the late William Ross McLennan.
Siblings: James had three sisters, Maggie, Elizabeth and Eva, and three brothers, Donald, John and William
 James McLennan was born in Helensburgh and brought up in the town where his father was a guard with the North British Railway Company. He was employed with the N.B. Railway as a porter before enlisting in 1915.
James died, killed in action, at Arras. He was 19 years of age.
He gravestone reads ‘At Rest’.

James McLaughlin

Royal Scots Fusiliers

6/7th Batt. Royal Scots Fusiliers
He is remembered with honour on the St Joseph's Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 15.

The family home was 24, East King Street and then 56, East King Street, Helensburgh. The son of Sarah McLaughlin.
Siblings: He had one younger brother also named James. 

James McLaughlin was born in Helensburgh and brought up in the town by his widowed, Irish mother. He was employed with the North British Railway and then with the Postal Service at Rosneath.

James died, killed in action, at Ypres. He was 24 years of age.

Hugh McLaughlin

Scottish Rifles

1/8th Batt. Scottish Rifles
He is remembered with honour on St Joseph’s Church memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 2 Line 12.

The family home was at East King Street, Helensburgh.The son of James and Elizabeth McLaughlin.
Siblings: Not Known
Hugh McLaughlin was born in Helensburgh where his father worked as a stone mason.
He was employed as a dock labourer before joining up. He was married to Helen Bowden in Pollockshields in 1910.
Hugh was registered as missing in August of 1915 and officially declared dead in June of 1916. He was 35 years old.
His wife was living at 22, Portman Street, Paisley Road, Glasgow at the time of his death.

William Butler McLaren

Black Watch

9th Batt. Black Watch
He is remembered with honour on St Andrew’s Church Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 26.

The family home was Hermitage Higher Grade School, 9, Argyll Street, Helensburgh. The son of David McLaren.
Siblings: Not Known.

William McLaren was born at Redgorton, Perthshire and spent 27 years as a professional soldier with the Black Watch. He served in the Egyptian War of 1884-5 and received the Nile Expedition Medal, campaign medal and Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He was employed at the Hermitage Higher Grade School in Helensburgh as Janitor, where he was bringing up his family with his wife, Elizabeth. He had four children; William (who served at sea), Isobel, David and Elspeth.

At the outbreak of war, William rejoined his regiment. He was killed in action in France at the age of 49. His body was interred at Philosophe following a concentration from battlefield cemeteries after the Armistice.

Allan S. McLachlan

Royal Scots

2nd Batt. Royal Scots Fusiliers
He is remembered with honour on Park Church Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 45.

The family home was 47, Grant Street, Helensburgh.The son of Janet McLachlan (widow).
Siblings: Allan had an older brother, David.
 Allan McLachlan was born and brought up in Helensburgh where his mother was widowed.
On leaving school he was a butcher’s message boy before working with Messrs Wm. Thom and Son, slaters, and then enlisting.
Although we have no reports, we can surmise that he was captured in battle, and was taken prisoner of war. He died of pneumonia at the Military Hospital, Hillden, near Cologne at the age of 24 years.
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