David Macarthur/McArthur

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 8507
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards: Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Iraq
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 26.04.1916
  • Burial Country: Iraq
  • Cemetery: Basra Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37 & 64

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 41 North St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Tenter, Baxter Bros Ltd, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Helen McArthur, 41 North St, Dundee

  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    James, Thomas & William

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about David Macarthur/McArthur

David has no known grave but is remembered on the Basra Memorial. This man is listed as MACARTHUR on the original Dundee Roll of Honour, but listed as McARTHUR on C.W.G.C.

He was the brother of Gunner James McArthur, 646100, 236th Brigade, ‘D’ Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who was killed in action 22.07.1917.

David McArthur D.C.M.  8507   Seaforth Highlanders


Private David McArthur, of the Seaforth Highlanders, a gallant Dundee soldier who had seen a lot of service in the present war, and whose bravery had earned for him the Distinguished Conduct Medal, has been killed in action.

Official intimation of his death has been received by his mother, who resides at 41 North Street.  Twenty-nine years of age, Private McArthur was called to the colours as a reservist when war broke out.  He was a tenter in the employment of Baxter Bros. & Co., Ltd.  Out with the first of our fighting men, he was wounded before the close of 1914, and on recovering he returned to the fighting line.  He was wounded again on 9th May, 1915, and his courageous conduct on the field that memorable day was rewarded by the D.C.M.

Once more the gallant soldier regained his fitness and went back to his regiment, but now, unfortunately, he has received the fatal wound.  Private M’Arthur’s three brothers are with the colours,  Sergeant Thomas M’Arthur, R.F.A., and Gunner William M’Arthur, R.G.A., are both at the front, while James is training with the R.F.A. in England.

Dundee Courier 24th May 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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