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Ranald MacDonald appears to have been known to Arthur Linfoot through the South Durham Street United Methodist Free Church. He is first mentioned on 30 August 1914. Intermittent correspondence with Ranald MacDonald continues throughout the diaries. See also Private Ranald MacDonald at Lives of the First World War.

25 June 1916; Sunday

This is an extract from Arthur Linfoot’s own transcription of his diary, written in 1976.

Up at usual time. Attended church parade. Wrote letters to Geo. Crawford and Roland McDonald1. Now nine observation balloons up. Noise of guns very heavy at night. Bonny calm evening.


  1. “Roland McDonald”: sic; RM was a Sunderland contact, first mentioned on 30 August 1914, but his name is unmistakably Ranald MacDonald. This is written several times in lists of addresses contained in the diaries, these lists including a service number which leads to this record at Lives of the First World War. 

30 August 1914; Sunday

At church and Sunday School as usual. Spoke to Hector MacDonald about Ranald1. Mr Chadwick preaching. Had long talk with Willie Peake about Chadwicks. Talked to Arthur Marshall about the Debating Society. Wet day. Short walks. Bought special Echoes and heard about the 5 to 6000 English being lost, also that the Germans were withdrawing some men from Belgium to send to Prussia2.


  1. Intermittent correspondence with Ranald MacDonald continues throughout the diaries. 

  2. One might expect “Russia” rather than “Prussia”, but the shorthand is clear; presumably “to defend the Prussian E. frontier.”