Macdonald, Ronald Mosse

Elder son of Captain William Mosse Macdonald and Helena, daughter of Samuel Twining, of Glenmore, Isle of Skye. He was born in Bombay, almost certainly when his father was serving there in 3rd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders and came to Winchester from Horris Hill. His younger brother, Stuart, also came to the school and served in 6th Cameron Highlanders in the First World War. Ronald was a House prefect and sang in Glee Club as alto soloist.  He was an accomplished violinist.

He was commissioned in 1910 in the 1st Cameron Highlanders and in 1913 was appointed signalling officer of his battalion. He also played in the Aldershot Command cricket XI for three years. He left for the front on August 12th 1914, and was wounded in the hand on the Aisne a month later. Though seriously injured himself, he returned under heavy fire to rescue a brother-officer who was lying wounded and unable to move. He was mentioned in Despatches as follows: “Lieutenant R.M. Macdonald, ‘A’ Company, after being wounded was in a small house in Vendresse which was being used as a dressing-station, when the Germans started shelling it very heavily, and the wounded had to be moved as quickly as possible to a safer place. He went with a Coldstream officer to help 2nd Lieutenant Constable-Maxwell, who was lying severely wounded and unable to move. At great personal risk they got him into his shoes and out of the house. Macdonald then put his arm round Constable-Maxwell and dragged him down the road under a heavy shell and rifle-fire, making full use of what little cover there was, for nearly half a mile, until he saw him safely into a cutting and on board an ambulance wagon which had been brought there. Macdonald could have run the whole distance in one-tenth the time it took him to get his brother officer along.”

He was evacuated to Angers to recover from his wounds and rejoined his regiment on October 8th, just in time to take part in the fighting of First Ypres, in which his battalion played a major part. He fell at Veldhoek, near Ypres, on November 2nd 1914. His place of burial is unknown but Macdonald is commemorated on Panels 38 and 40 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Macdonald
  • Forenames or initials: Ronald Mosse
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1904-1909
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 9th December 1890
  • Date of Death: 2nd November 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 38 and 40 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES