John MacArthur

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Greenock branch

Died: 1 April 1915


John MacArthur was born in Inverness on 12 February 1882. In March 1898, when he was 16 years old, he went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Inverness branch. He moved to Ullapool branch as a clerk in March 1908, and in June 1912 transferred to Greenock branch.


During his years in Ullapool MacArthur was a member of the Ullapool Company of the territorial force. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he rejoined the Ross-shire Territorials, the Seaforth Highlanders, for service abroad, and was attached to his old company. He was wounded at Neuve Chapelle, France, in March 1915, and had to lie in the danger zone for two days before it was safe to retrieve him and take him to hospital in Rouen. While there, his mother visited him, and he was expected to recover. On 1 April 1915, however - three days after his mother's departure - he died. He was 33 years old.


John MacArthur is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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