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Simon MacLeod/ McLeod

Rank: Private
Street: Richmond Harbour
Townland: Glebe
Town/Village: Clondra
Civil Parish: Killashee
Catholic Parish: Killashee
Alternative Address: Inverness, Scotland
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Residing at sister-in-laws' house in Aghnagore
Regiment/Unit: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, 1st Battalion/ [Mounted Infantry, Camerons)
Regiment Number: S/12832 /[4505]
Date of Death: 03-09-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of the Somme, France
Memorial: Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

Simon was born c.May 1883* in Lochbroom, Coigh (Coigach), Sutherlandshire, far north in the Scottish Highlands. He married Mary English** in December 1908, and they had four children: Mary, Catherine, Simon, Michael, the three younger of whom were all born in Longford. 

Pte McLeod had previously been a soldier, enlisting with the Cameron Highlanders when he was 15 in 1898 and was initially a drummer. He went on to serve in the South Africa, where he earned the Queen's South Africa Medal (4 clasps) for service at Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Witteberg and the King's South Africa Medal (2 clasps) for service in the 2nd Boer War in 1901/1902 and in the Cape Colony. He reenlisted in Longford on the 4 September 1914, earning the 1914 (Mons) Star He died during the Battle of the Somme. 

Parents Names: Son of Murdoch/Murdo McLeod and Mary (née McLean) of 86 Castle Street, Inverness, Scotland.
Notes: *Commonwealth War Graves Commission erroneously gives his age as 46. **Mary passed in Glasgow on the 14 February 1919 and her sister Catherine became the guardian for their young children.

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