Roll of Honour

Private

Duncan MacGregor

Student

Duncan MacGregor was born in Dunblane, Perthshire on the 30th January 1897. He grew up in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, where his father, James Gow MacGregor (1853-1918), was the overseer of a shooting estate at Duchal. His mother was Mary Ann MacGregor (nee Copland). Duncan attended Kilmacolm Primary School and Greenock High School, where he was a champion athlete.

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Duncan began his studies in the Faculty of Arts in the session 1914-15. He was then 17, too young to go to the war which had just begun and which engaged the passion of his fellow students. When he matriculated in the autumn of 1914, he was living at a term time address close to campus, at 120 Napiershall Street. He enrolled in the classes of Latin and Greek, with an interest, it seems, in entering the ministry. In May 1915 he passed his exams, but didn’t return for the new term. During his short time at the University he had joined the Officer Training Corps and now, turned eighteen, volunteered with the 9th Bn. (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry.

Private Duncan MacGregor was nineteen when he was killed in action at the Somme on the 21st August 1916. He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, and locally at the Kilmacolm War Memorial and that of his old school, Greenock High.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records (GUAS Ref: R/8/5/35/5 and R5/2/6).

Memorial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honou