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   Major William Ingram MacAuley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Army Veterinary Corps (British Army)
Died: 14/05/1917 (Suicide)
Age: 38
William Ingham Macauley was the only son of Christopher James and Margaret Macauley. William was born in Belfast about 1879. William was a pupil at the Royal School Dungannon between 1894 and 1896. He graduated from the London Veterinary College on 16th December 1905. William entered the Army Veterinary Corps. He had served in Egypt, India and Burma before the war commenced. In August 1914 he went was attached to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (the Queen’s Bays). In February 1916 he was appointed Assistant Director of Veterinary Services and was promoted to the rank of Major. He was again mentioned in dispatches on 2nd January 1917. Tragically, on 14th May 1917, his body was found with a single gunshot wound, believed to be self-inflicted, a few miles behind British lines.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bapaume Australian Cemetery
  Bapaume, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave B-33
CWGC Casualty 565342
Bapaume is a town 22 kilometres south of Arras and 26 kilometres south-west of Cambrai. The Australian Cemetery is in the Rue du Chemin Blanc. Travelling through Bapaume in the direction of Peronne, the cemetery is signposted before leaving the town. The signpost points towards the prostrate statue of Abel Guidet and the Rue du Chemin Blanc forms the angle with the High Street.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 38
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Macauley family Does not list William as living with the family at house 2 in Easton Crescent, Clifton, Antrim
2 Photo of Major William MacAuley's gravestone
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Forum discussion mentions Major William Ingham Macauley
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here (3)
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here (2)
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here (1)
7 National Archives UK Major William Ingham Macauley
8 Our Heroes Irish Website Brief information on Major William MacAuley including photo
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Major William MacAuley's gravestone can be purchased here
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