Ceremony remembers Bute’s first WW1 victim

Members of the Bute branch of Legion Scotland pay tribute to Corporal Donald McLean, the first man from Bute to be killed on active service in the First World War, at a short ceremony on October 21, 2014 - exactly a century since his death.
Members of the Bute branch of Legion Scotland pay tribute to Corporal Donald McLean, the first man from Bute to be killed on active service in the First World War, at a short ceremony on October 21, 2014 - exactly a century since his death.

The first man from Bute to be killed on active service during the First World War was remembered at a short ceremony in Rothesay on Tuesday - exactly a hundred years since his death.

Members of Legion Scotland’s Bute branch paid tribute at a simple ceremony at Rothesay’s Cenotaph to Corporal Donald McLean, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who lost his life on October 21, 1914, aged 34.

Branch treasurer Tom Muir laid a small wooden cross of remembrance before a minute’s silence was observed; Mr Muir then spoke the famous words from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Corporal McLean had served in the army for 12 years and took part in the South African war. He was promoted from the rank of lance-corporal shortly after entering the fighting in France for an act of bravery in saving an officer’s life in a retreat during the Battle of Le Cateau.