Macpherson, George Denis

Fourth son of Allan and Emma Macpherson of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, and one of four Wykehamist brothers. He played in O.T.H. XV, and passing through Sandhurst, obtained his commission in 1882 in the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. He served in South Africa from 1899 to 1900, being very severely wounded and was mentioned in Despatches, receiving the Brevet rank of Major in 1900. After serving as an instructor in the Royal Military College for a year and a half he went back to his regiment and remained with them till 1906, when he retired and joined the Reserve of Officers.

On the outbreak of the war he was appointed Major and second in command of the 13th Royal Scots and went to France in 1915. He fell in action at the head of the battalion at Hill 70, near Loos, September 26th, 1915. The war diary of 13th Royal Scots explains what happened: “The enemy’s artillery started shelling Loos and part of Hill 70 at 0800. At 0830 our own guns so effectively shelled ‘B’ Company that they were unable to get into position, and any attack by this company was out of the question. ‘A’ Company was unable to advance, owing to the guns not having cut down the German wire in front, which at this spot was particularly strong. Major Macpherson and Captain Robertson were killed immediately they got out over our parapet in front of ‘C’ Company, and then the whole assault fizzled out.”

Macpherson, aged 53 at the time of his death, is commemorated on Panel 10-15 of the Loos Memorial

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Macpherson
  • Forenames or initials: George Denis
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1875-1979
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Scots
  • Date of Birth: 14th November 1862
  • Date of Death: 26th September 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panel 10 of the LOOS MEMORIAL