Ronald McDonald, who is mentioned in the 1st Mars book, was the great uncle of Mrs Elizabeth Marnie, Tullideph Road, Dundee.

Ronald had 6 brothers and 4 sisters, jokingly it was said that he was sent to the Mars for sheep stealing, but in fact he was sent to the Mars for truancy. Although she enjoyed the book, she said that there was a mistake in the army lists, Mr McDonald was awarded the D.C.M. and also a special medal, named after and presented by, the Colonel of his unit, Lt. Colonel A.G. Wauchope. This was known as the Wauchope Medal (pronounced WALK UP) for gallantry after the Battle of Loos. There were only 60 ever made and Mrs Marnie still had the medal.

I was to meet Mrs Marnie after the festive period to take a photograph of the medal. Unfortunately, due to pressure of work, it was not until Easter that I attempted to get back in touch with her. After many unsuccessful attempts to contact her, the phone was answred by her daughter who was in Dundee for a sad duty. She told me that her mother had passed away recently but that she had mentioned my conversation to her. Thankfully she took time to see me, an appointment was made, and here is the medal and the details from the paperwork.

 

Mars Honours List in the book.

Boy 168 Romald McDonald, Black Watch, M.M. (D.C.M.)

 

 

S/8534 Private R. McDonald 2nd Bn., R. Highlanders. (LG 30 March 1916).

For conspicuous gallantry on frequently charging forward as “Bayonet men” of a bombing party which gained 300 yards of enemy trench.

 

The Medal is inscribed –

 

For Conspicuous Gallantry

In The Capture of

German Trenches,

Sept. 25th

1915

 

Col. Waulchope gave sixty of these medals, mostly to men who had been recommended for gallantry after the battles of Loos and Mushaidie.

 

 

 

Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope (1874-1947) was a British soldier and colonial administrator.

Wauchope served in South Africa with the Black Watch and was severely wounded during the Second Boer War. He then served in India from 1903 to 1914. During World War I he returned to Europe and fought in France until 1916 when he was transferred to Mesopotamia and was wounded. Following the war he was chief of the British section of the Berlin Control Commission and then served in Northern Ireland from 1927 to 1929.

In 1931, he became High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine and TransJordan. He tolerated a significant increase in Jewish immigration and was criticized for being lax after the outbreak of the Arab rebellion which broke out in 1936. He tried to cope with this through the proposal for a legislative council and extending local self government. He was relieved from the position of High Commissioner in 1938 marking the introduction of a harsher British policy towards the mandate.