Lieutenant John Macleod

Biography of Lieutenant John Macleod

John MacLeod was born on the 17th August 1892, in Strath, Skye. John was the son of Donald - a crofter - and the brother of Neil MacLeod. The family were 'true Highlanders', and as such John was fluent in Gaelic.

John joined the University in 1911, enrolling in the Faculty of Medicine. He took classes which would eventually allow him to sit the First Professional Medical Examination – in the subjects of Botany, Zoology, Physics, and Chemistry. His University career got off to a slow start, with resits in Zoology and Chemistry, however he persevered and began studying for the Second Professional Examination in 1913. For this he took classes in Anatomy and Physiology, followed in 1916 with classes in Materia Medica and Therapeutics, and Pathology. In his final year, John studied Clinical Medicine, Midwifery, and Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, and graduated with an MB ChB on the 8th October 1917.

John joined the Royal Army Medical Corps immediately after graduation, and was attached to the 11th King Edward’s Own Lancers (Probyn’s Horse). John was serving in Mesopotamia after the Armistice when he died on the 12th July 1919. His brother reported that John was "accidentally killed", however the 11th Lancers War Diary describes his death as being due to John "[shooting] himself whilst temporarily insane".

John MacLeod is buried at the Baghdad War Cemetery, and is remembered in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.


Lieutenant John Macleod
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - Special Reserve
Degree: MB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in an accident, 12 July 1919
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/768
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