Captain Donald Alexander Mill Main

Biography of Captain Donald Alexander Mill Main

Captain Donald Alexander Mill Main, MA, youngest son of Lieutenant Commander William Smith Main, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), FRGS, RNR, and Mrs Main, Madoc, Ibroxholm, was born in Glasgow on 27th January 1894. At the High School of Glasgow which he left in 1910, he had a brilliant career, passing out as Dux of the Classical Sixth with the Dr. Mackindlay Prize for Classics, the Hutchison Gold Medal for Latin, the Muirhead Prize for Prepared Books in Latin, Prize for Greek, Second Class Certificate in Civil Law and the History Prize.

In the Arts course at the University he obtained First-Class Certificates with Distinction in all his subjects, and the Latin Prize (1911). After graduating MA (1913) he entered the Law Classes, and on the outbreak of war had completed four subjects for his LLB degree, and had served one year's apprenticeship with Messrs. John Steuart & Gillies, Writers, West George Street. He joined the Glasgow Highlanders in August 1914, went to France in November of the same year, and was severely wounded at Givenchy in the Spring of 1915.

Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Bn. Highland Light Infantry in November, 1915, he acted for some months as Lewis gun instructor at Catterick. Attached to the 12th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, he returned to France, gained the Military Cross (MC) at Arras (where his division saw very heavy fighting) and fought in the Third Battle of Ypres, July 1917. In October of that year he was made Company Commander.

In April 1918, he came home for six months rest, and was stationed in Ireland until July, when he volunteered to go with the North Russian Expeditionary Force. Attached to the 10th Bn. Royal Scots, he landed near Archangel at the end of August, and was immediately sent on a fighting expedition up the River Wina. A few weeks later news was received at his home of his having drowned on 5th September.

Summary

Captain Donald Alexander Mill Main
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 6th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, attd. 2nd/10th Bn. Royal Scots
Degree: Student
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Died, 5 September 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/315a, 1166
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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