Mackintosh, Alistair Hugh

Third son of The Hon. Lord Kyllachy and Jane (daughter of David Stephenson of Edinburgh), of Kyllachy, Inverness-shire, he came to Winchester from Cargilfield School. He played in O.T.H. XV for two years and for Association XI in 1898. He passed into Sandhurst that year and in 1899 obtained a commission in the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. He served in South Africa from 1900-1901, being mentioned in Despatches and severely wounded.

By the summer of 1914 five Wykehamists were serving with 1st Camerons: Lieutenant Donald Cameron (G1900-1906, Transport Officer), Lieutenant Ronald Mosse Macdonald (G1904-1909, ‘A’ Company), Mackintosh (OC ‘D’ Company), 2nd Lieutenant Alastair John Greville Murray (H1908-1912, OC 16 Platoon of ‘D’ Company), and Lieutenant Arthur Stuart Nicholson (C1902-1906, in ‘C’ Company). Three would die and another be severely wounded on the same day in the same action; only one would outlive the end of the year.

By the second week in September it was clear that it was the Germans intention to retire behind the River Aisne and orders were given to seize river crossings and to advance up the steep hillside on the northern side. This was achieved, in wet and cold conditions, on 13th September at Bourg et Comin, and in bitter fighting the following day, in a field on the Chemin des Dames (an ancient road running along the top of the hillside) Mackintosh was killed whilst commanding D Company. His body was never recovered.

Also killed or mortally wounded on the Aisne on September 14th 1914 had been 2nd Lieutenant Rhys Campbell ffolliot Powell (K1906-1909, 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry); Lieutenant Robert Scott Pringle (A1899-1904, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment); and 2nd Lieutenant Nigel John Lawson Boyd (I1908-1912, 1st Battalion, Black Watch). (see individual entries).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Mackintosh
  • Forenames or initials: Alistair Hugh
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1893-1898
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 19th June 1880
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A2
  • Decoration: NA