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Melness War Memorial

The following list is the men who died during World War One and honoured on the Melness War Memorial. If you have information or photographs of any of the men listed, or anyone from the area who took part in WWI, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Eileen Mackay at

John Barnetson, Quartermaster Sergeant, Royal Engineers

David Campbell, Lance Sergeant, 16th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force

Donald Mackay, Lance Corporal, Lovat Scouts

Mackay Mackay, Lieutenant, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

‘Mac’ Mackay was born to Robert and Janet Mackay of Skinnet, Melness in 1889. The PPCLI was privately raised and enlisted veterans so it could skip basic training and proceed directly to the front. Having previously served in the Lovat Scouts and the Northwest Mounted Police (now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Mac enlisted in August 1914 in Ottawa.

The PPCLI suffered heavy casaulties at Frezenberg, near Ypres in Spring 1915 where Mac received a head wound that made him ‘unsuitable for further service’. Undertered he received a commission in a non-combat role, becoming a paymaster.

By 1918, with a shortage of suitable junior officers, he was resinstated as a PPCLI officer for the great 1918 offensive. Before taking up his new role he returned to Tongue distributing gifts of whisky and chocolate.

Tasked with capturing the woods beyond Monchy le Preux Lt Mackay led reinforcements but was wounded. Mac was evacuated but succommed to his wounds at the casualty clearing station on 27 August 1818. He rest in the Ligny St Fochel British Cemetery II-E-18.

Thank you to Terry Loveridge for sending us Mac’s story which features in his book ‘The Road Past Monchy’ Indiana University Press, 2024.

Robert Mackay, Ordinary Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve

George W. Mackay, Private, 6th Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

John Mackay, Private, 10th Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

Kenneth Mackay, Private, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders

James Mackenzie, Private, New Zealand Expeditionary Force (MGC)

Jospeh Mackenzie, Prvate, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Sinclair H. Mackenzie, Private, Lovat Scouts

Isabella Mackenzie, Nurse, Queen Alexandra’s Imp. Military Nursing Service

John A. Mackenzie, Private, Scots Guards

John C. Mackenzie, Private, Royal Engineers

Murdon Macpherson, Private, 14th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Joseph Munro, Ordinary Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve

James Pope, Ordinary Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve

Donald H. Rankine, Private, 43rd Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force