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Editor: This is a brief history of Don Munro’s Grandfather, Major Donald Munro who was born in 1879.
Major Donald Munro was born in Roskeen in Ross Shire as were his father and Grandfather before him, and probably further back than that, but I cannot go back further than his Grandfather. He was of humble stock; his Grandfather was a farm labourer and his father a farm labourer and stone mason depending on the record you are viewing.
Early in his youth, Donald moved to Dingwall and worked for a time with the firm of Mr William Paterson, a corn and coal merchant.
On the 8th of February 1898 he joined the Seaforth Highlanders at Fort George and two days later was posted to the 2nd Battalion in Dover – he did not get much chance to change his mind! I can only presume that he received his basic training in Dover, as from there he went with the 2nd Battalion to the South African War. He served throughout that campaign, was at Wittenbergen and took part in the guerrilla warfare in Transvaal and Cape Colony
The Battalion left Durban on the 20th January 1903 on the ship Lake Manitoba bound for Ireland. From a rough diary of his, I know that he was on Ireland in May and August 1903 and there is mention of Dublin and Neane Barracks, Curragh. He was in Edinburgh Castle in 1909 when his son, Donald (my father) was born.
He served through WW1 and following are a few of the entries from his diary for the first year of the war to show the horror of what he and the other soldiers went through and also to show the lighter side and the character of the man.
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Major Donald Munro MC Seaforth Highlanders
Major Donald Munro MC at Fort George