Black, Donald Macgregor


He was the son of Arthur Black and Florence Caroline Black of 19 Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater. He came to Winchester from Cordwalles School, played in 2nd XI cricket team and passing through Sandhurst, entered the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment in 1908.

From 1912 to 1914 he served as A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding in the Straits Settlements. He was with his Battalion when it landed at Cape Helles at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 6th 1915, while leading his men to the assault of a Turkish trench.

He was at first posted as missing, believed killed, along with seven other officers of his Battalion and is commemorated on Special Memorial A.23 of the Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Cape Helles. There are 2,226 unnamed graves in the cemetery, and the special memorials record the names of men believed to lie among them.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Black
  • Forenames or initials: Donald Macgregor
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1900-1905
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Essex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 20th March 1887
  • Date of Death: 6th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated at TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY: Special Memorial Panel A23