Lance Corporal George McDonald, 8th Bn Black Watch

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Lance Corporal George McDonald S/7765, 8th Battalion The Black Watch

George McDonald was born on 24th December 1888 at Burnside, Scone.  His parents George and Helen McDonald, had eight children.  The children’s father had a variety of employment,  including policeman and gamekeeper.  The family moved to different parts of Perthshire, depending on his employment.  Because of this, George received his education in various schools, finishing at the Taylor’s Institute,  Crieff.  On leaving education, George was employed as a gardener at Pitfour Castle, Glencarse and then at Helensburgh and Leslie.  At the time of enlistment he was working at Camphill Nursery, Broughty Ferry and married to Margaret Smart.  George enlisted in the Black Watch in January 1915 and was mobilised to France in April of that year.  Lance Corporal George McDonald was killed in action on the 25th September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos.  He was 26 years of age.  George is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.


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