Addition of possibly erroneous CWGC information
The only matching CWGC details for #2009 Private John MacDonald record him as a Second Lieutenant with a DCM:
I have added information from the Medal Rolls and the Soldiers Effects register to his Life, with a note about contradictory information on the year of death which almost certainly was 1916:
I can see no matching reference to John MacDonald in the Citations for the DCM:
There are three Second Lieutenants "J MacDonald" on the Scottish Rifles BWM/VM rolls, but none of them indicate they died.
Should I add the CWGC and matching SDGW information with a cautionary note, or would this be something to refer to CWGC.
Thanks for any advice on this.
Eddie Morgan commented
You are right.
I am sure I tried Mc and Mac and couldn't find him, but must have missed something, perhaps with the date error on the medal roll. Got distracted when the link you sent me showed up the officer I had already added to, and I mistakenly thought you had added it to the "new" Macdonald.
Thanks again for your help sorting it out.
It's a common issue with Mc/Mac surnames that there is no consistency of spelling in records, so hence #7129 John MacDonald is recorded on the CWGC as MACdonald (2nd Lt 5th Btn) but 2 names below him on the Thiepval register #2009 John MacDonald is recorded as MCdonald (Pvt 6th Btn).
So CWGC have commemorated them both just with slight spelling variations
Eddie Morgan commented
It did occur to me that there might have been confusion between #2009 John MacDonald and #7129 John MacDonald, both in Scottish Rifles. I am pretty sure from the medal roles that these are two different soldiers.
I think what has happened is that two soldiers of the same name, in the same battalion, were killed on the same day. Looking again I see that there are two separate entries in the Soldiers Effects register:
It looks as if only one of them was commemorated, the officer, previously #7129, with the DCM.
I think this might be one for IFCP What do you think?
2nd Lt https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2777604 (you have already added to his page)
Military records rarely agree on spelling of Mc/Mac surnames, I've added his CWGC entry to his page. The 2nd/Lt is most likely to be another man.
PS don't know if you'll see this as the comments counter on the forum seems to be broken :-(