Ian Macdonald, 12 Keith Street

Mr and Mrs Alexander Macdonald, Keith Street, have received official intimation that their younger son, Pte Ian Macdonald, Royal Scots, had been killed in action in France. It seemed only yesterday that Ian was on the school benches - he was only 18 years - and the news that his young life had been nipped in the bud sent a thrill of pain through the community, and the deepest sympathy went out from all hearts to the stricken parents. Pte Macdonald was called to the colours in October last, and was attached to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Afterwards, he was drafted into the HLI, with whom he went to France in the first week of April, without even getting draft leave home. In France, he and some forty others of his battalion were attached to the Royal Scots. So far, the only information received by his parents is a field postcard, dated 8th May, from his commanding officer with the bare intimation of his death. At the forenoon service on Sunday, Rev Mr Mills alluded to the sad event, and at the Town Counncil meeting on Monday, Provost Maclean made fitting reference to it before commencing the ordinary business. Mr and Mrs Macdonald's elder son, Rae, is acting Captain in the RE. He was mobilised in 1914 with the Cameron Territorials, and has been through all the stiffest fighting, having many miraculous escapes.

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