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Angus MacDonald

Headstone, Waikumete Cemetery (photograph S Lees February 15 2009) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
    Lt. Colonel Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 5 August 2016 - Family Papers
  • Forenames
    • Angus AWMM
    • Angus Fionn Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 5 August 2016 - Family Papers
  • Surname
    • MacDonald AWMM
    • MacDonald Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 5 August 2016 - Family Papaer
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    18/2 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 February 1871 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Keose, near Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 5 August 2016 - Family Held Military papers and memorabilia
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
    • Pre 1 December 1914 AWMM The Manse, Waipu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM The Manse, Waipu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Unknown AWMM
    • Mrs Lucy MacDonald (wife), The Manse, Waipu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Lucy MacDonald (wife), The Manse, Waipu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 1 April 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    • Married 25.06.1902, Bombay, India Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 5 August 2016 - Family Held Military papers and memorabilia


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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Medical, WWI AWMM
      Gassed in France AWMM
    • Died after Discharge from Wounds Inflicted or Disease Contracted while on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM
      Gassing during the war ultimately caused his death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Born in Scotland, he lived at 1 Keose, Isle of Lewic, Western Isles, Scotland.

    He had also served in the South African war, probably with the Seaforth Highlanders and was Mentioned in Despatches for his gallant conduct by Sir George White and General Kitchener.

    Left the army and went to Canada, where he was ordained in 1908. He settled in New Zealand in 1912

    He organised hospital work and attended to the wounded in the Gallipoli campaign.

    In 1917 he was promoted to Assistant Chaplain-General with the rank of Major. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 April 1934 AWMM
    Age 63 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM PRESBYTERIAN DIVISION D Row 16, Plot 6 AWMM
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  • Obituary
      A severe loss has been occasioned the Presbyterian Church in Auckland by the death in a private, hospital yesterday of the Rev. Angus MacDonald, of Wesley Avenue, Mt. Albert, at the age of 63. He was held in high regard by a host of ex-soldiers throughout New Zealand, with whom he served as chaplain in ‘the Great War’, where he achieved distinction. Mr MacDonald was born at Stornaway, Isle of Lewis. He served in the Indian Array, where he saw a great deal of frontier campaigning, about which he was able to tell many stirring stories. At the outbreak of the South African War he was transferred to the new field of hostilities and served throughout the campaign, being mentioned in despatches. Returning to India, he was married in 1902 to Miss L. Brewer, of Devonshire, who journeyed to Bombay for the ceremony. Retiring from the army, he joined the services of the Presbyterian Church and went to Canada as a missionary, being ordained in Canada in 1908. Subsequently he came to New Zealand, being stationed in turn at Pokeno, Waipu, Avondale, New Lynn and Richmond.
      Mr MacDonald was in the charge of Waipu on the outbreak of the Great War, and immediately joined the Colours as a Presbyterian chaplain. He served in France and Egypt, becoming senior chaplain, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. As in South Africa, he was mentioned in the despatches and was decorated with the Order of the British Empire. Suffering from the effects of gas, he returned to New Zealand and was instrumental in raising large sums of money for the troops. In 1931, for reasons of health, he retired from the active ministry and from that date had been Presbyterian Hospital Chaplain, Auckland. As a speaker of the Gaelic tongue, he periodically conducted church services in Gaelic and was founder and Chieftain of the Auckland Gaelic Club. Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 December 2018 - PapersPast Online
    • He was an elder of St. David’s Church and a member of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons, of which, for a period, he was Grand Chaplain. Mr MacDonald is survived by his wife, one son and three daughters, Mesdames J. D. Finlayson and D. F. McLean, of Waipu, and Miss L. MacDonald, of Mt Albert.
      Reference to the death of Mr MacDonald was made at the meeting of the Auckland Presbytery last evening, and members stood in silence as a mark of respect. Preliminary arrangements were made for the conduct of a funeral service at St. David’s Church by the Presbytery, and a committee was appointed to frame a minute recording Mr MacDonald’s service to the church and the community. A meeting of the committee of the Gaelic Club, was to have been held last evening, but was adjourned after members had passed a resolution of sympathy with Mr MacDonald’s relatives. (Northern Advocate, 11 Apr 1934) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 December 2018 - PapersPast Online
    • Death Notice - MacDONALD - On April 10, at a private hospital, the Rev. Angus, of 3 Wesley Avenue, Mount Albert, dearly beloved husband or Lucy, and father or Katie, Isabella, Lucy and Angus MacDonald; aged 63 years. Service at 2.30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), at St. David's Church, leaving afterwards for Waikumete Cemetery. (Auckland Star, 11 Apr 1934) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 21 December 2018 - Paperspast Online
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • My grandfather I never met, but there is such a lot of information about you on the internet. Julia White
    Public - Julia Jane - Other Relative - 17 April 2015



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21 December 2018SandraWaipuResearcher
05 August 2016Donna MaxwellWaipu, New Zealand.Other relative
17 April 2015Julia JaneNaenae, Lower Hutt, New ZealandOther Relative
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