Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart MacDougall, 10th Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders, was killed in France.
A soldier all his adult life, he also had been a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant for County Argyll, and Gentleman-at-Arms in His Majesty’s Household. On the day of his death he was shot by a sniper while inspecting troops at Vermelles. His only son, Captain Iain MacDougall, 2nd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards, had been killed in action at Villers-Cotterets in September of 1914. With the death of his son, Lieutenant-Colonel MacDougall became the last male representative of the MacDougalls of Lunga, a prominent family which had been settled in Argyllshire since the twelfth century.
Lieutenant-Colonel MacDougall lies buried in the Houchin Communal Cemetery, south-east of Bethune in France. He and his son are commemorated on the Celtic cross Lunga Memorial, Croabh Haven, Lorne, Argyll. He was 61 years old and left behind his wife and daughter.