World War 1

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Philip Whiteside Maclagan, MD

Philip Whiteside

Maclagan, MD


Service Number:


Border Regiment, 5th (Cumberland) Battalion Territorial Force



Ridge Wood Military Cemetery

Service History:
Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 5 September 1914. Promoted Lieutenant in July 1915. Served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders from 25 October 1914.

Killed in action near Ypres 16 April 1916.

His Commanding Officer wrote:

'He was well liked by everyone, a most promising young officer, & his death is a great blow to the battalion.'

His Platoon Sergeant wrote:

'He was a just & capable officer, always a kind word or helping hand for everyone, & where he led we had no hesitation in following, knowing that he would always win through. Above all, he was a thorough gentleman, looked up to by all. He died... brave to the last.'

Maclagan was Mentioned in Despatches by Field Marshal Sir John (later Lord) French ('London Gazette', 1 January 1916), for gallant & distinguished service in the field.
(Source: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour'; Part 5; Page 114)

Born 30 January 1896, at Wooler, Northumberland, the eldest son of the late Philip Smirton Maclagan (Solicitor & Bank Manager) by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (née Graham; daughter of the late James Graham) of Rockwood House, Rothbury, Northumberland.

Educated at Presbyterian Day School, Wooler; Morpeth Grammar School; St. Cuthbert's School, Worksop, Nottinghamshire where he gained an open classical scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford. Maclagan had intended reading for Holy Orders.

One of two sons lost: see, also, Lieutenant James Graham Maclagan (King's Own [Royal Lancaster Regiment], 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force, attached to 1st Battalion; Died 1 August 1918).
(Source: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour'; Part 5; Page 114)

One other brother, George J., & a sister, Mary E.

Local Memorial:
Wooler War Memorial Worksop College War Memorial