Lieutenant Alwyn MacFarlane-Grieve

Lieutenant Alwyn Ronald MacFarlane-Grieve, 1st/8th ( Argyllshire ) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed in France on 17th March 1917, aged 28. He had been born in Kensington, London and was the son of Florence and the late W. A. MacFarlane-Grieve of Toft Manor, Cambridge and Penchrise, Roxburghshire. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, Arras, France. He had been educated at Perse School, Cambridge and Keble College, Oxford where he was a sergeant in the O.T.C. He the studied abroad at Rennes University, France before returning to work in Cambridge. As an ex O.T.C. member he was commissioned Second Lieutenant and sent to instruct trainee officers. In June 1916 he was promoted Lieutenant and posted to the Argylls in France. His Headstone is inscribed ” Rest Eternal, Grant To Him O Lord And Let Light Perpetual Shine Upon Him, Amen”. The photograph shows the Memorial raised to the 51st ( Highland ) Division of which the Battalion was part. The Memorial overlooks “Y” Ravine which was taken during the storming and capture of the German positions in Beaumont Hamel on the 13th November 1916 at the end of the Battle of the Somme. A plaque in Gaelic on the Memorial reads ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “.

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