MacDonald/McDonald, J S
JOHN STEWART/STUART MACDONALD
Remembered with honour Houchin British Cemetery: Plot II, Row E, Grave 27.
He attested 3 September 1914 at Westminster in the Territorial Force for 4 years’ service in the U.K.: aged 30, 5’6″ tall, of Oxhey, Herts; Private 3092 and/or 510466 14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish). He served at Home 3 September 1914 to 9 March 1915, during which time he agreed to serve outside the U.K. 23 January 1915. He embarked from Southampton 10 March 1915 with the B.E.F. to 3 July 1916, and was wounded 1 July 1916 in the Battle of the Somme; sent first to 43 Casualty Clearing Station then to No. 2 General Hospital, finally sent to England aboard Hospital Ship Panama 3 July 1916. Served at Home again from 4 July 1916 to 28 February 1918, and was discharged in consequence of appointment to a commission in the 15th Battalion London Regiment 13 March 1918. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 10 March 1915, and died from wounds received through the premature burst of a rifle grenade whilst with the 2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.
Son of Stewart Muir and Lilian Ada (nee CHARNLEY) MACDONALD of Darlington, Co Durham; husband of Constance Agnes (nee GAY) MACDONALD of Dorset Street, London.
His parents married 21 June 1884 at Roath, Cardiff. Stewart died 7 May 1929 in Hove Sussex, aged 65; Lilian died 8 September 1944 in Four Marks near Alton, Hants, aged 70.
John was born 1884 in Darlington, and baptised 17 September 1884 at St Cuthbert’s, Darlington. He married 1917 in the Lewisham, London, district. Constance remarried 1923 in the Brentford, Middx, district to Stanley Orton NEEDHAM, who died 11 September 1933 in Egham, Surrey, aged 42. She married for the third time 1939 in the Brentford district to William John Barr; William died 25 December 1947 in Egham aged 49; Constance died 21 December 1958 in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, aged 70.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 6 he lived in Formby, Lancs, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, a dry goods clerk aged 16, he lived in Bushey, Herts, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a clerk in a drapery warehouse aged 28, he was a lodger in Oxhey.
Unit15th Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles), attached 2nd/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Date of death05/07/1918
Age at death33
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)