Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 56.
He had previously served in the South African Campaign, and gained the rank of Captain in 1911. He was commissioned in the R.A.M.C. and went to war with the London Scottish; he was killed at Messines. A despatch rider stated: “Dr MACNAB was actually bayoneted in front of their [the Regiment’s] eyes whilst bending down attending two wounded men. It was bright moonlight, and he had a white badge and Red Cross on his arm and even a blue tunic on, so as to be absolutely unmistakable, and was of course without arms of any sort.” The two wounded men were also bayoneted. When the officers of the Scottish saw what was described as “the foul deed” they drove back the Germans, giving orders that no prisoners should be taken. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 15 September 1914.
There is an article about Angus in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 24 July 1915.
Son of Alexander and ?; husband of Evelyn (nee CALDER) MACNAB.
Angus was born 31 August 1975 in Invercargill, New Zealand, and educated at the High School, Invercargill, graduating in Arts (B.A., B.Sc) at Otago, New Zealand, and in medicine at Edinburgh University (M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.) entering 1895 to 1901. After graduating, he devoted himself to ophthalmology and studied at Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he became chief clinical assistant, and at Freiburg and Vienna. He was clinical assistant in the ophthalmic department of Charing Cross Hospital, and was in practise in Harley Street, London, when war was declared; he was also the medical officer attached to the London Scottish. He married 27 January 1904 at West St Kilda Presbyterian Church, Melbourne, Victoria; they had two children. He was the brother of the Hon. Roberts MACNAB, Minister of Agriculture in New Zealand. Evelyn never remarried and died 16 May 1927 in Marylebone, London, aged 51.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1881 and 1891 Census, he is assumed to be living in New Zealand. On the 1901 Census, a surgeon aged 25, he was a lodger in Edinburgh. On the 1911 Census, an ophthalmic surgeon aged 35, he lived in London W, with his wife and two children.
Unitattached to 1/14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish)
Date of death01/11/1914
Age at death39
Place of death
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