Roll of Honour
Harold Stewart McDonald
Harold Stewart McDonald was born in 1899, and was the younger son of William - a grain merchant - and Marion. The family lived at "Glencoe", in Bearsden, and Harold attended Glasgow Academy in the West End of Glasgow. For his final years, he was educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, where he was a member of the school's OTC. Having finished school, Harold returned to Glasgow and joined the University of Glasgow's OTC.
In February 1916, a new system for training officers had been introduced, after which temporary commissions could only be granted if a man had been through an Officer Cadet unit. Entrants would have to be aged over 18 and a half, and to have served as a ranker or to have been with an OTC. It was into one of these Cadet Training Units that Harold joined - specifically the Cadet Camp at Gailes, in Ayrshire. Having completed his training, Harold was made a 2nd Lieutenant on the 1st of July 1918, joining the 6th Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
2nd Lieutenant Harold Stewart McDonald died only a few months after his commission, on the 21st September 1918. He is buried at Targelle Ravine British Cemetery in France, where his tombstone reads "Darling". He is remembered on the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel tablets, the Glasgow Academy Roll of Honour, and the Merchiston Castle School Roll of Honour.