Lt Murdo McLeod

Murdo McLeod as Platoon Commander in early 1921

WO338 gives Murdo Macleod as a Lt in Cameron Highlanders. So he was an officer. But too common a name and only 1 Christian name. The medal card on TNA has not made it to Ancestry. A newspaper report about his compensation claim says he was 14 years a soldier, and from North of Scotland

There is a MIC, but it has not got to Ancestry. Medal card of McLeod, Murdo . Cameron Highlanders 8328 Serjeant: Cameron Highlanders Second Lieutenant

1890 Mar 14. Born in Laxdale , Scotland . This is the date given when he joins RIC, and RIC have recorded his place of birth as Ross. In fact a bit of digging shows Lewis was part of Ross from 1889 to 1975 and the Country of Ross included the six burghs: Cromarty, Dingwall, Fortrose, Invergordon, Stornoway and Tain.

The family say that the certificate that the family has lists his parents’ names, Malcolm and Margaret (macKenzie), who are the correct namess. The place of birthplace is Laxdale, which corresponds to the village where the rest of Murdo’s siblings were born.

1891 census at Laxdale with his mother

First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Age Birth year Occupation Birth place
Alex MacKenzie Head Widower Male 75 1816 Crofter Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
Margaret MacLeod Daughter Married Female 28 1863 Crofters Daur Stornoway, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
Murdo MacLeod Grandson - Male 1 1890 - Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

I have little to offer on Murdo’s pre-war life…the family moved from Lewis to Inverness at some point…likely around the 1900s

1907 Enlisted in Cameron Highlanders

1911 census He is a L/Cpl in 2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders in India

1914 Aug 8. Stationed at Poona, India.

1914 Oc 16. Embarked for England from Bombay arriving at Devonport, Plymouth and then moved to Winchester joining the 81st Brigade of the 27th Division.

1914 Dec 19 Landed in France with 2nd Cameron Highlanders

1915 The action of St Eloi, The Second Battle of Ypres.

1915 Nov 29. Embarked for Salonika from Marseilles and engaged in various actions against the Bulgarian Army including;

1916 The capture of Karajakois, The capture of Yenikoi, The battle of Tumbitza Farm.

1917 The capture of Homondos.

1918 The capture of the Roche Noir Salient, The passage of the Vardar river and The pursuit to the Strumica valley.

1918 Jun 14 Cameron Highlanders. —Act. Co.Qr.Mr.Sjt . Murdo McLeod commissioned 2nd Lt

1918 Sep 30. Ended the war at Izlis N.W. of Doiran, Macedonia.

1920 Jun 11. Joined the RIC as a constable, moved on to be a Temp Cadet. As an ex-officer , there was more money in the ADRIC than as a Constable in RIC (the option of joining ADRIC did not exist when he enlisted in June 1920)

1920 Aug 5. Joined ADRIC with service no 139. Posted to A Coy. Section Leader.

1921 Jan 1. Promoted Platoon Commander.

1921 Apr 21. His car fell into a trench. He was with F.White He was awarded £750 compensation. SG Williams was also there in one of the following 2 Crossley tenders. I would estimate that there were about 20 ADRIC in the convoy in total

Commentry and photo from FF Kitching

1921 Jun 4 Posted to Depot Coy. Reverts to T/Cadet

1921 Jun 11 to 17 Jun on Leave

1921 Jun 25. Posted to G Coy

1921 Jul 28 to 26 Aug on Leave

1921 Sep 10. Struck off strength, Deserter

1933 Died in 1933. His obituary says the following…”passed away at Carstairs, Lanark, where he had recently undertaken a position with the Ministry of Labour, Captain Murdo MacLeod, Reserve of Officers, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and late District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary.” Murdo's death certificate lists coronary thrombosis as the cause of death