Roll of Honour
George Munro MacLeod
LRCPE, LRCS, LFPS
On the eve of the Great War, Glasgow doctor George Munro MacLeod had a solid medical career behind him and a distinguished army record in South Africa. In 1909 he earned the Triple Qualification, conferred by the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, the College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow after a lengthy period of study at Anderson's College.
It was probably as a medical student or intending student that he first served with the Scottish Red Cross in South Africa. Corporal MacLeod was awarded the Queen's South Africa medal with two clasps after serving in Kroonstadt from 7th May to 14th October 1900. After returning to Scotland and qualifying as a doctor he went into practice in Glasgow.
Like many of his medical contemporaries, he did not wait to be called up when the First World War began. He had passed his fortieth birthday and was a married man but he immediately volunteered with the Scottish Red Cross and landed in France on 21st October 1914. He was commissioned in the RAMC some time in March 1915 and served with the 2/1st Highland Mounted Brigade of Field Ambulance.
His was a tragically short war. He contracted pneumonia and died at the RAMC hospital in Cambridge on 22nd May 1915, aged 42. His service medals, the 1914 Star, the British War medal and the Allied Victory Medal, were issued on the British Red Cross roll, not the RAMC roll. Lieutenant George Munro MacLeod, only son of the late William and Mrs Joanna MacLeod, and husband of Dora Campbell MacLeod, was buried at Riddrie Park Cemetery, Glasgow.
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Biography Biographical information contributed by S. Gordon Smith