Maj George Denis Macpherson

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Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Major George Denis Macpherson, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Fourth son of Allan and Emma Macpherson, of Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Educated at Winchester College 1875-79. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1882. Served 23 years in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, including during the Second Anglo Boer War 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 WWI he was appointed Major and second in command of the 13th Royal Scots and went to France in 1915. He was killed in action aged 53 years at the head of the battalion at Hill 70, near Loos. The war diary of 13th Royal Scots records “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". Also commemorated on Panels 10 to 13 of the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on a memorial plaque in St Catherine's Church, Blairgowrie, Scotland, on the Blairgowrie War Memorial and on a memorial at Winchester College.
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To the Glory of God and in proud memory of Major G D Macpherson, Royal Munster Fusiliers and XIII Royal Scots. Killed at the Battle of Loos 26th Sept 1915. This lamp is given. "Faithful unto death".

George Denis Macpherson

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