Name: Duncan Dan McLeod

 

Birth Date: 1875 Where: Scotland
Died: 7 June, 1916 Where: la Chapelle-d'Armentieres, France
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, WA Age: 40
Serial Number: 945 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal

 

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Service Details:

 

 

3 May

1915                      Enlisted Perth, WA

9 June

1915                      Embarked Fremantle

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

7 June

1916                      Killed on raid

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Duncan Dan McLeod. the youngest of ten children, was born on 5th April, 1874, to James and Janet McLeod in Cawdor, Scotland, where his father owned a large farm.
An Engine Driver by trade, Duncan was forty one years old when he enlisted in the 28th Battalion. At the time of his enlistment the maximum age for a recruit was set at 38 years. His attestation papers also show that he had 6 months experience with the Cameron Highlanders Volunteers.
There is no information about how, when or why Duncan came to be living in Western Australia where he enlisted in May 1915. Although, after Duncan’s death, a Mr McMahon wrote to the AIF seeking the address of Duncan’s Next of Kin.  He wished to return Duncan’s possessions which had been stored at his North Perth house.
With the rest of the 28th Battalion, Duncan saw three months service at Gallipoli before returning to Egypt. There, in February 1916, he was given 48 hours Field Punishment No. 2 for being Drunk and AWL for a day.
When he was accepted as a volunteer for the June Trench Raid, Duncan was the oldest Raider.  He was part of the Covering Party which was struck by a bomb while sheltering in no-man’s-land. Duncan was killed instantly. He and Albert Gould, the other Raider killed, were buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery not far from where the raid took place.
In Ardclach churchyard, Scotland there is a weathered tombstone. The surviving portions of the inscription read:
To the Glory of God
and
in affectionate remembrance
of our comrade
Duncan D MacLeod
......28TH Battalion
Australian Infantry Brigade
who fell at Armentieres France
….. on original trenching bombing Raid
of the Great War....
6th June 1918
From his serving companion raiders.
 In 1922 Duncan’s service medals and Memorial Scroll and Plaque were sent to his father in Scotland. In 1999 Duncan’s medals were listed on an auction site.