Private Malcolm MacPhail Mackintosh

Biography of Private Malcolm MacPhail Mackintosh

Malcolm MacPhail Mackintosh was born on the 24th January 1889 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. He was the son of James Dunbar Mackintosh, a Solicitor, and Janet Mackintosh (née Macalister), and the family lived at 63 London Road, Kilmarnock. Malcolm was educated at Irvine Royal Academy, then Glasgow High School, where he studied from 1904 to 1907. The Glasgow High School's Book of Service and Remembrance describes him as having "a most distinguished school career".

Malcolm then served an apprenticeship in Law with his father's firm Messrs. Mackintosh and Bain, and before working with Messrs. Stevenson and Brownlie.

Choice of profession assured, Malcolm enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study Law in 1910, matriculating in Scots Law in his first year. In his second year he enrolled in Conveyancing, however he did not continue his studies beyond this year. During his time at University he lived at 7 Burnbank Gardens, Glasgow.

Malcolm was an enthusiastic cricketer - captaining the Kilmarnock Second Eleven - and was considered to be an exceptionally fine bowler.

Malcolm enlisted into the King’s Own Scottish Borderers on the 1st of September 1916. Initially trained at Chelmsford, his battalion was then drafted to Ireland, where he served until January 1917. Malcolm volunteered to serve in France, and was transferred to the 1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers as a bombing expert.

Private Malcolm MacPhail Mackintosh was killed in action near Zonnebeke, Belgium, on the 26th September 1917, aged 28. He is buried at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, north-east of Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. An officer wrote:

"He was a splendid soldier in every respect, and a faithful companion, and his loss is severely felt by the remaining officers and men in the company".

Malcolm is remembered on the University of Glasgow's Roll of Honour, as well as the Kilmarnock War Memorial, and the High School of Glasgow's Roll of Honour.


Private Malcolm MacPhail Mackintosh
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 26 September 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/780
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records (Ch4/4/2/3/780, R8/5/33/5, ).

Biographical information: Additional information and quote contributed by De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Vol 4, p124.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

Further information from Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial by Paul Chapman

Additional information from the Glasgow High School's Book of Service and Remembrance

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