Lieutenant Malcolm Gilbert Stewart BLANE
5TH Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders
Date of birth: 7 December 1892
Date of death: 25 September 1915
Killed in action aged aged 22
Malcolm Gilbert Stewart was the fourth child and only son of Captain Gilbert Gordon, a retired army officer who had inherited Foliejon Park, near Windsor, and Mabel Augusta, daughter of Admiral Hon Keith Stewart and a grand-daughter of the 8th Earl of Galloway.
The family also had a home at Altan Donn House, Nairn in Inverness-shire. Many holidays were spent looking over the Moray Firth and these visits were a strong influence on Malcolm. Between the ages of nine and twelve he wrote a diary which comprises seven volumes and is “written in his own handwriting with his own spelling, both of which improve over the years”. It is held by the Highland Council Archives in Inverness.
He was educated at Eton and was at Christ Church from 1911-14. While he was in Oxford he was an active member of the University Gaelic Society. He was also a member of the Manx Society and took the keenest interest in Celtic things After his death a member of the Society wrote, “the loss of this brilliant young life is a sad blow to the Celtic world, in which, as he had already shown, he would have been a great power”.
He belonged to the Oxford University Cavalry Corps for three years and was gazetted to the Cameron Highlanders in May, 1915. He was killed on 25 September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Panel 119 to 124 and, on the war memorial at Winkfield. Berkshire.
His Estate amounted to £181 13s 4d. Administration granted to his mother and Edward St Aubyn.