Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Alexander McDonald


Alexander McDonald , born on the 12th of December 1878, was the only son of Glasgow’s City Engineer, Alexander Beith McDonald, who designed or planned the building of many of Glasgow Corporation’s best known public buildings, including the People’s Palace. Alexander was a pupil at the Glasgow High School until he went up to study Arts and Law at the University of Glasgow in 1895, when he was 16. His path through the classes of Latin, French, Maths and Logic was smooth and in his third year he achieved mention in the prize list in Civil Law and Political Economy. He graduated M.A. on 12th April 1898, and LL.B in 1902.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Alexander had time to build the foundations of a promising career and was a partner in the law firm Black, McLure and McDonald when the war began. He joined the Highland Light Infantry and was subsequently gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the 9th Kings Own Scottish Borderers in September 1915. He was home for a period in 1916 and had only returned to the Front for six weeks before he was killed at the Somme. It was the second family tragedy in a few months. His father fell from a tramcar in Sauchiehall Street and died on the 31st October 1915 of a brain haemorrhage.

Lieutenant Alexander McDonald is buried at Thiepval. He was 38.

Comments and Citations

Registry and General Council records at the University of Glasgow

Roll of Honour- Archives Ref: Ch4/4/2/3/762

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour