Private, 3/8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
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Kenneth MacDonald was born and brought up in Greenock. His father, Alexander MacDonald, a Ships Carpenter there. His mother, Elizabeth Luke was from Cairndow, her Grandfather Duncan Luke was living in Ardganavan in 1820 when he got married. In 1891 Census Elizabeth had moved from Cairndow and was in service in Greenock where she would have met her husband.
Elizabeth died in 1899, when Kenneth, her only child, was two. In 1901 Census it shows Maggie Luke, Elizabeth’s sister, Housekeeper, living with Kenneth and his father. Alexander re-married in 1904, Sybil Smith, and had another five children.
At the time of Kenneth enlisting for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders his address was given as Ardno Lodge where his Grandparents Findlay and Margaret Luke lived. Kenneth was a writer of verse, and his “Sleep on, Brave Souls” was set to music by Mr. Cargill Linn. He was killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on 13th November, 1916. Finday and Margaret Luke also suffered the loss of their Nephew John Luke in WW1, just 3 days after Kenneth.