Macandrew, Ian Maclean


Only son of Major John Maclean Macandrew and Elsie Mabel, daughter of Major General Lambert Yonge R.A. of Delniesmuir, Nairn, he came to Winchester from Horris Hill. He was placed seventh on the Roll to College in 1905, but elected to take an Exhibition; his last year he was Head of his House and in Senior Division Sixth Book, he won the King’s Silver Medal for Latin Speech and played for two years in O.T.H. XV. He went to New College, Oxford in 1910 and taking his degree in 1913, with a Second Class in Modern History, passed the same year from the University into the Army and joined 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

He was in India with his regiment when the war broke out and in September was ordered to France, together with other Indian troops, arriving the following month. With Macandrew in the battalion was his cousin, fellow Wykehamist Robert Horn (C1895-1898); Horn would rise to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, be awarded the D.S.O. and bar and an M.C., eventually commanding 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, and would be killed in action on April 18th 1918 (see individual entry). Macandrew was wounded at Neuve Chapelle on 7th November, during heavy shelling, though no other details are available.

He was killed at Festubert on December 23rd 1914. His platoon was completely isolated in the course of a German attack, and though unsupported, he held on to his position, rallying men of other units, and driving the enemy out of the section of trenches they had just occupied.  He fell while on his way to obtain reinforcements. His cousin, Lieutenant Colonel Horn, wrote home the following day: “Ian was killed last night doing splendidly gallant work… Can you do anything to prepare them [his parents] for the terrible news?” His body was never located and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

A letter published in the Wykehamist of February 1915 from his Company Commander, Captain Arthur Buchanan-Baillie-Hamilton (B 1890-1894) (killed in action 9th May 1915) describes Macandrew’s loss: “He is a great loss to the Regiment. He was out and away the best subaltern we had. I am proud to think that like myself he was a Wykehamist”. In a letter written in 1915 by command of H.M. King George, it was stated that had Mr. MacAndrew survived, he would have been recommended for a special distinction for his gallant services. He had twice been mentioned in Despatches.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Macandrew
  • Forenames or initials: Ian Maclean
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 30th October 1891
  • Date of Death: 23rd December 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 38-39 of the LE TOURET MEMORIAL