Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

William MacFarlane Maclean

Military Cross


William Macfarlane Maclean was born in 1893 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, son of Annie and Neil, a Van-man.

Image of William MacFarlane MacLean

He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1911 to study Arts. He was a good student, passing all of his subjects – Logic, Moral Philosophy, Latin, Greek, Maths, History, Roman Law – and also winning class prizes for most of them. He graduated on the 20 November 1915.

William enlisted with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on the 9 February 1916. He was 2nd lieutenant. He was wounded, and later went missing in action, presumed dead on the 24 March 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross, and is remembered on the Pozieres memorial, Somme, France.

Comments and Citations

CH4/4/2/3/772, Roll of Honour card

R8/5/35/3, Matriculation record, "MC", 1914-1915

R4/1/9, Graduation Schedule MA, 1915

SEN10/53-56, University Calendars, 1911-1916

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, external source,