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Cynthia Report 23 Oct 2013 13:54

Hi everyone - I've been a bit sidetracked with my OH having to have an eye op this week. :-(

Thanks for all the comments. Thanks for the medal cards Tracie - the enduring problem is, of course, WHICH Robert MacLeod is the one we are looking for? There are so many of them.


Diane Report 22 Oct 2013 17:07

If you go to there is a dedication to Robert MacLeod who was commissioned into the 8th Seaforth, it goes on to say he was a trench mortar officer.

The 8th Seaforth was a K2 regiment formed of mostly volunteers in 1914, so wherever Robert was before then remains a mystery.

I came across an article regarding the British artillery in the beginning of WWI and it gave one of the reasons for it being so poor as the sergeants who had been promoted had to accomplish their officer and gunnery training in 8 months. So it is possible that Robert was a sergeant prior to the war.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 22 Oct 2013 16:39

There are 12 WW1 Officers files at the National Archives for R Macleod/McLeod. Will look at them (gradually - it might take a while!)

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 21 Oct 2013 23:28


As the Robert Macleod you mention (8th Bn) was an officer, his records wouldn't be on Ancestry - they don't include officers.


Traciey Report 21 Oct 2013 21:27

Vanessa I read about that too there is lots of info on Roderick MacLeod but there was also a Robert MacLeod who received the Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order and he served in the 8th Seaforth Highlanders but there does not seem to be a service record for him on Ancestry. Maybe someone with a good knowledge of searching both old English & Scottish Newspapers during the war might be able to find out about why this soldier received his DSO & MC.

Cynthia I have sent you the medal card, its actually interesting to see a good few Robert McLeod's & a Robert MacLeod of other ranks, I wouldn't be so sure of the officer rank at all, there was lots of acting corporal, acting sergeant and acting captain during both wars, I was told my great uncle was a sergeant but he wasn't he was acting for a short period of time when the soldiers were separated during gunfire and spent weeks apart.

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 20 Oct 2013 19:07


I think I've looked at that record, but, if so, it was YEARS ago. I could have another look.

Some of the Officers files on the National Archives Catalogue have been newly indexed, giving more detail, like the Robert MacLeod one, which is helpful, although not all are done yet.

If I did look at it, all the index would have said would have been R Mcleod!


Cynthia Report 20 Oct 2013 15:14

Hi Vanessa, there have been so many Robert MacLeods mentioned that I am not sure which is which.

Maybe one of the others on here can remember???

Cx :-)


Vanessa Report 20 Oct 2013 12:37

Has anybody been to national archives and viewed this record??

Reference:WO 339/36766 Description:
Captain Robert McLEOD.

Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's).

Date: 1915-1919; 1926 Held by: The National Archives, Kew Former references: in its original department: 103149 Legal status: Public Record Language: English


Vanessa Report 20 Oct 2013 12:33

I'm pretty sure somewhere in this thread was mention of a acting major, Roderick Macleod ?? Anyway, doing a general search, I happened across the attached where somebody was looking for a Robert Macleod who appears to have been said Roderick - was he ruled out previously?


Cynthia Report 19 Oct 2013 17:24

Sorry's been a busy time for me. Thank you for your thoughts's really interesting to have your insights .

Traciey, I would like to see the medal card please - thanks.'re so right! Anything....absolutely anything...would be wonderful!

Hope you are all well........ <3

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 19 Oct 2013 08:40

Apparently the India Office records will be online soon - I assume BMD's. Perhaps we can find Diane under a different name, or a sibling or her father - well, anything!


Traciey Report 17 Oct 2013 10:09

I have a medal card I downloaded for Robert MacLeod/McLeods a while back there are a few on it and it interests me for one reason in that I can't find any other records for these men which I would assume they were destroyed during ww2 by fire/water damage. Diane you are right men did transfer from different regiments as I found with my own family members. I can send the medal index card in pdf if anyone wants to view it, many of you might already have seen it at national archives, just send me a direct message or leave a post here.


Diane Report 12 Oct 2013 11:44

So, apologies if I'm rehashing:

If Robert was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders in 1914-1915 when it was formed in 1914 at Fort George, that is consistent with the need to send Diane to the care of relations.

It does not tell us where or if he was serving prior to then, but it is reasonable to assume it was as an NCO.

From the slim pickings on the web it seems Robert had a good war, with at least one further promotion, and maybe an MC, but all promotions were temporary.

So whatever his origins Diane would probably only remember her father as an officer, and would quite naturally have given that as his profession.

Lots more to do but at least I'm beginning to have some confidence that Robert existed.


Diane Report 11 Oct 2013 22:54

I was really confused by the fact I grew up believing Robert MacLeod was in the Black Watch, my father then said he was in the Gordon Highlanders and more recently the Seaforth Highlanders. I was just playing around on the net and found a page on the Scottish in WW1, it pulls on those regiments together which was reassuring., but then at the bottom the page it said: this page is dedicated to men like Robert MacLeod who was commissioned into the 8th Seaforth Highlanders......
off to dig a little more


Cynthia Report 7 Oct 2013 19:59

Good heaven's! So you are related to our lovely Evelyn then? That's incredible!

You don't have any further info to add do you - or family reminiscences - or documents - or.....well, anything........?? :-)

That is quite astounding. Welcome aboard. :-D


Diane Report 7 Oct 2013 18:54

Ah well, I am named after the lady herself, not that spooky really! I,ve been been watching this for some time.

I was born some years after my grandmother died, so never had the pleasure of meeting her.


Cynthia Report 6 Oct 2013 21:30

Hello Diane and welcome to the thread. :-)

Yes, I think those records have been looked at but many thanks for your suggestion.

It was very strange that my last post on here ended with 'c'mon Diane...give us a break...please' and then, blow me down, Diane posts!! Thought I was seeing things for a minute. :-D :-D



Diane Report 6 Oct 2013 19:51

Has anyone tried the Angus McLeod archive? There are records of MacLeods living at Calbost in Stornoway. Ishbels, Murdos, Donalds but no Robert and no Diane, but then again some unnamed infants.


Cynthia Report 4 Sep 2013 20:46

Thanks everyone......... :-)

There are so many possible scenarios to this story......what ifs.......etc. :-(

C'mon Diane.......give us a break......please.......... :-|

Kathy near the

Kathy near the Report 4 Sep 2013 16:19

Had a look at Kitty's ( Catherine ) death certificate today .

Her father was Kenneth Macleod ( market gardener ) and mother was Anne Macleod ms Macleod