2nd Lieutenant Dugald McArthur

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Dugald McArthur

Dugald McArthur was born on the 1st March 1886 to John and Joanna McArthur. He had two sisters, Annie and Margaret. The family lived in Renton, Dunbartonshire.

McArthur was a double graduate of the University of Glasgow. He gained his MA in 1908 and his BD in 1911. His sisters financed his University education.

On the 13th May 1913 McArthur was ordained as Minister of New Ardrossan Parish Church. However, in 1916 he volunteered to join the Army and enlisted as a Private. Soon his leadership qualities were recognised and he became a Cadet Officer before his commission as 2nd Lieutenant. During his training, Reverend McArthur married Margaret Steedman Sweet.

2nd Lieutenant McArthur died of his wounds, aged 31, received in the Battle of Istabulat, Mesopotamia, on the 21st April 1917 whilst serving in the 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). His son was born after his death. A window in the New Ardrossan Paris Church commemorates Reverend McArthur and other members of the church who fell in the First World War. 2nd Lieutenant Dugald McArthur is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in southern Iraq.


2nd Lieutenant Dugald McArthur
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Degree: MA BD
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 21 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1099
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Biography: Biographical information provided by John Prior.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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