Roll of Honour

Lance Corporal

Robert S Macdonald

Student

Robert Scott MacDonald was born around 1897 in Bellshill, and was the son of John, a teacher. When his father was offered a job in Airdrie, the family moved into the Schoolhouse at Chapelhall, and this remained Robert’s home even once he matriculated at the University of Glasgow. Robert was educated first at the Chapelhall Public School, before attending Whitehill School, where he gained the grades necessary to attend University.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Robert joined the University in 1914, enrolling in the School of Medicine and taking classes in Chemistry and Zoology. War had broken out only shortly before Robert started studying, and Robert did not complete his first year in his haste to sign up.

As a member of the University's OTC, Robert had already undertaken some military training when he joined the 14th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as a Lance Corporal in November 1915. His family were informed on the 23rd of September 1918 that he had been reported missing after a battle at Bullecort, and when his name appeared on a list from Berlin in November of the same year, it was assumed that he had been taken as a prisoner of war. When he did not return after the Armistice however, he was presumed dead - a fact later confirmed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as having happened on the 12th of December 1918.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry Records: R8/5/35/5