MacLaren, Jasper Duncan Alexander


He was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas George MacLaren (B 1875-1880), of Fordell, Melrose, Roxburgh.   His mother, Mabel, was the daughter of Jasper Young of Garrock, Kirkcudbright.   During his time at Winchester he spent three years in OTH XV and in his last year was in OTH VI, and a Commoner Prefect.

In 1924 he went to Sandhurst and was gazetted to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in September 1925.   He saw service in Egypt, Hong Kong and India, and for four years was Adjutant at the Regimental Depot at Berwick.

In November 1935 he married Alison Dorothy Martin of Duns.

By 1938 he was a Captain in the 2nd Battalion KOSB in India and from 1941 he served on the North-West Frontier.   His promotion to Major was gazetted with effect from 3rd September 1942.   The following year his battalion was selected to take part in the Burma campaign and after jungle training in India they sailed for Burma in September 1943. They crossed into the Arakan area and took part in the critical actions at Ngakydauk Pass and in the “Admin Box” – the Division’s supply base.

The Battle of the Admin Box took place over an 18 day period in February 1944 and at some point MacLaren was wounded.  He died of his wounds at Dacca on 20th April 1944 at the age of 39 and lies in grave 7.E.8 of the Chittagong War Cemetery and is also commemorated on the Melrose War Memorial.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: MacLaren
  • Forenames or initials: Jasper Duncan Alexander
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1918-1923
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • Date of Birth: 10th March 1905
  • Date of Death: 20th April 1944
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Chittagong War Cemetery: Grave 7.E.8