Macdonald, Douglas Kinneir (1867-1901)
South African War Memorial, Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, UK.
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Trooper Douglas Kinneir Macdonald, 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry, Colonial Military Forces. Died of enteric fever on 12 February 1901 near Pretoria, South Africa, aged 33. www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1714150/
Born 14 December 1867 at West Kensington, Middlesex.
Eldest son of Douglas John Kinnier Macdonald and Jane MacNeill Macdonald (née MacKay), The Close, Salisbury, formerly of 89 Lexham Gardens, West London.
Attended W.H. Bruce, 56 Perrywere Road, Earls Road, London.
Attended Sherborne School (Price’s House), January 1880-1883.
Jesus College, Cambridge University, 1885; BA 1889.
Went to Australia.
Served in the South African War 1899-1901 with Queensland Mounted Infantry. One of the relieving force which entered Mafeking on 17 May 1900, and afterwards one of Col. Hore’s 300 Colonial troops which defended an immense convoy when surrounded by 3000 Boers under Delaney.
Extracts from a speech given by the Headmaster of Sherborne School, F.B. Westcott, following the unveiling of the South African War Memorial in the Sherborne School Chapel on 30 January 1901 ('The Shirburnian', March 1904, pp.189-192):
After the service a gathering was held in the Big Schoolroom, where speeches were to be made. After the singing of the new School song ‘Adsum,’ the Headmaster [F.B. Westcott] rose, and after a few introductory remarks upon the unpropitious weather, said that though he seemed to have been at Sherborne quite a long time, yet only two of those whose memories they were commemorating that day were in the School in his time. They were Harold de Rougemont, who, he believed, was buried close to Lord Roberts’ son, and his young friend Close, who, with many other young Englishmen, volunteered for service at the front when but a boy. Every house in the School was represented in the list he had read out. None of the lads had climbed very high in military service, yet two at least, Lewis and Lovett, were brevet-majors, and brevet-majors at a very early stage of their service. They, as a school, as well as their friends, had paid a very heavy price in the loss of their lives. Yet, at the same time, he was sure all of them would feel that these brave lives were not given for nothing, but were given for England, for our country, and for our King, and in the great cause of the British Empire. Moreover, the hope of all was that the work done in South Africa had been finished once and for all. God grant it might be so, and that the blood of those brave soldiers, and the blood of our enemies too, would cement a lasting peace. After extending a hearty welcome to Lord Methuen, the Headmaster called on his lordship to address the School.