DANIEL DUNCANwas born 02 Aug 1879 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, to
parents Robert, a master grocer, and Ann Leitch (who
were married in Rutherglen on 6 Aug 1878).
He died on 26 Feb 1918, missing believed drowned after
being lost overboard en route to Mesopotamia, and is commemorated on the Basra
Memorial, Iraq. Both Daniel and his
brother Peter (who died in service in 1917) are commemorated on a plaque in Fairlie
the 1881 Census, Daniel, aged 20 months, is living 92 South Wellington Street,
Hutchesontown, Glasgow with parents Robert ( 31, grocer & tea merchant) and Ann Leitch (22),
uncle Matthew Leitch (25,
and grandmother Isabella Leitch (63, Blacksmith's wife, b. Falkirk).
the 1891 Census, aged 11, he is living Wardlawhill Cottage, Rutherglen with
parents Robert (41,
and siblings Isabella (8), Robert (6), William (4), Archibald (3) and Agnes (1)
enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders in Dec 1915 (age 36, nok father, address Rutherglen
and Alpha Cottage, Fairlie), and transferred to the Royal Engineers in Sep 1917. His occupation on enlistment was Ship’s Cook,
and his attestation papers state that he “left HMS Montague in October,
discharged ill health”. A report from a
Royal Navy Captain in his service record says he’d been about 20 years at sea
as an Able Seaman, Fireman and, for the last six years, as Ship’s Cook. His service record shows that he served at
home from Dec 1915 to 4 Jan 1918, before leaving on his fateful voyage to
Mesopotamia on 5 Jan 1918. He received
the British War medal.