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Malcolm Graham McBryde (McBride)

Australian Imperial Force

45th Batt. Australian Imperial Force Infantry
He is remembered with honour on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 2 Line 8.

The family home was at 126, West Princes Street, Helensburgh.
The son of Andrew and Margaret McBryde.
Siblings: Two brothers, Alex McBryde who joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and William McBryde who was a gunner with the R.G.A. Both brothers survived the war.
Malcolm McBryde was born and brought up in Helensburgh. After training as a blacksmith, before emigrating to Australia. He returned with the Australian Imperial Force to fight for his home country. Malcolm died in Flanders at the age of 34 years.

James Webster MacLay

Scottish Rifles

1/7th Batt. Scottish Rifles
He is remembered with honour on the Kilmacolm Roll of Honour, St Columba’s Roll of Honour, and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 25.

The family home was at Brantwoode, 4, Munro Drive, Helensburgh and Eastwood, Kilmacolm.
The son of William Paton and Mary Jane Fraser Webster MacLay.

James MacLay was born in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire and grew up between his family homes in Kilmacolm and Helensburgh. He was educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire where he served in the cadet corps for four years. He later attended The Glasgow Academy before enlisting in the army.

His uncle, Joseph Paton Maclay was Minister for Shipping and two of his cousins also served and died; William MacLay at Gallipoli in 1915 and Ebenezer Maclay at Arras in 1918.

James died in February serving with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, but his death was not registered until June 1915. He was 18 years old and the youngest officer in his regiment.

The inscription on his headstone simply reads: 'Native of Kilmacolm, Scotland'.

Gordon Fordyce MacLachlan

Camerons

5th Batt. Cameron Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial, the Scottish National War Memorial, Helensburgh Old Parish Church memorial, Helensburgh and Gareloch Unionist Association Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 27.

The family home was at Rowan Brae, Helensburgh.
The son of David S and Helen MacLachlan.
Siblings: John had two older brothers, William (a clerk) and Charles (baker).

Provost MaclachlanGordon MacLachlan was born in Dumbarton and brought up in Helensburgh, where he went to Hermitage Higher Grade School. His father David owned a local bakery and restaurant and was also Town Provost 1908-1911 (inset left).

Gordon has just finished his apprenticeship as a civil engineer before enlisting.

Gordon was first reported as missing and then confirmed as killed in action. He was 22 years of age. His remain were not recovered.

Provost David S MacLachlan ©Argyll and Bute Council

 

John MacKenzie

Seaforth Highlanders

8th Batt. Seaforth Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial, the Scottish National War Memorial, Park Church Memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 3 Line 14.

The family home was at Andorrach Estate, Portincaple. The son of Duncan MacKenzie, (crofter and salmon fisherman) and Ann MacKenzie, Portree.
Siblings: John had two brothers, Murdo and Kenneth, and a sister, Mary.

John MacKenzie was born in Portree on the Isle of Skye where his father was a crofter and salmon fisherman. He was employed locally as the head gardener with Andorrach Estate, at Portincaple, where he was one of several gardeners, before enlisting in the Seaforth Highlanders.
John died, killed in action at the age of 36. His remains were not recovered.

Murdoch (Murdo) MacKay

Seaforth Highlanders

8th Batt. Seaforth Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial, the Scottish National Memorial, Park Church memorial and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 17.

The family home was at 28, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh.
The son of Murdoch and Rachael MacKay.
Siblings: Murdo has three sisters, Peggy, Jeannie and Annie. He also had an older half brother, Robert Duncan (draper).

Murdo MacKay was born in Cardross and brought up in Helensburgh where his father was a telephone linesman. On leaving school he was employed as an apprentice with T.G. Allan, ironmongers. He also served as an assistant scout master.

Murdo was killed in action at Arras. His remains were not recovered. He was just 19 years of age. It is recorded that at the time of his death he was a resident of Stirling.

George MacKay

Argylls

1/9th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Scottish National Memorial, St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 24.

The family home was at 82, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh.
The son of George and Jeanie Logan MacKay.
Siblings: George was one of six children. Three of his brothers served, Hugh and James with the Royal Engineers and Duncan with the 2/9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. They all survived the war. The eldest brother William was in a reserved occupation on the railways. They had one sister Catherine.
George MacKay was born at 37, Sinclair Street and brought up in the town, where his father was a journeyman plasterer. He was employed as an upholsterer to trade and was described as an enthusiastic territorial before enlisting.

George MacKay was born at 37, Sinclair Street and brought up in the town, where his father was a journeyman plasterer. He was employed as an upholsterer to trade and was described as an enthusiastic territorial before enlisting.
George was the first soldier serving in the local 1/9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to be killed at Ypres. He died from wounds received by sniper fire whilst leaving the trenches at the age of 24. He was buried with full military honours and a piper played by his graveside.
The family inscription on his grave reads: 'Until the Day Dawn'.

View a letter from George as he waits to leave for France "My dear sister..."

John MacDonald

Royal Garrison Artillery

286th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
He is remembered with honour on the Soissons Memorial, the Scottish National Memorial, Aberdeen University Roll of Honour, St Andrew’s Church and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 10.

The family home was at Teasdale, 43, John Street, Helensburgh. The son of Alexander and Margaret MacDonald, 18 Sand, Gairloch.
John MacDonald was the son of a crofter in Gairloch, Ross-shire. He obtained a place at Aberdeen University and graduated with an M.A. in 1902. He taught maths in Castle Douglas and married Mary Conchar in 1907. In 1910 he was appointed mathematics master at Hermitage H.G. School in Helensburgh. In 1914 he was awarded a B.Sc. (London) with highest honours. He joined the local volunteers in 1914 and joined the Artists Rifles in May 1917. He was then commissioned into the R.G.A. and transferred to France in March 1918. Killed in action in May of that year aged 38. He left his wife and two small children, who were at the time of his death residing with her family in Castle Douglas.

Thomas Rennie Burdon

Cameronians

1/8th Batt. Scots Rifles (Cameronians)
He is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Old Parish Church Roll of Honour and the Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 12.

The family home was at 11, Hawthorn Terrace, Lomond Street, Helensburgh.The son of John Burdon (engine driver).
Siblings: Three bothers all served. Seaman Jack Burdon RNVR also served in the Dardanelles, James Heggie Burdon served in France and was reported as a prison of war in Germany. Another, name unknown, served in England. 
Thomas Burdon was brought up in Helensburgh and was employed by the Railway at Sighthill Goods Station in Glasgow prior to volunteering in 1914.
He was one of four brothers who all served during the war.
He was first reported missing in action at Gallipolli in June, 1915 and was not confirmed as killed in action, until June, 1916 Thomas was 21 years of age.
His remains were not recovered.

James Armstrong

Argylls

4th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders then transferred to the Labour Corps. He is remembered with honour on Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 41.

The family home was 6, East King Street, Helensburgh. The son of Thomas and Mary McGaffney Armstrong.
Siblings: Unknown.

James Armstrong was born and brought up in Helensburgh, where his father was a gardener.

He joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was later transferred to the Labour Corps, possibly after being wounded.

James died at Ypres. He was 19 years old.

David Dorward

Argylls

9th Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Scottish National War Memorial, the Menin Gate Memorial, the Old Parish Church Roll of Honour and the Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 17.

The family home was at 50, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. The son of David Dorward and Sarah Dorward (nee Wilson)

David Dorward was born at Townhill Lodge, Dumfries and then brought up in Helensburgh where his father was a gardener. He worked as a general labourer before enlisting in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

David married Sarah McNeilage Ness, a domestic servant, on 26th June 1914. Only a year later he was listed as missing in action, and then confirmed killed in action in June 1915. He was officially confirmed as dead in April 1916. His remains were not recovered.

David was 31 years of age.

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