Archibald MacDiarmid

Midshipman Archibald MacDiarmid, the third son of the late Mr. Donald MacDiarmid, 35 Bishop's Road, Jordanhill, was born at Easter Duddingston on 14th January, 1900.

He left the High School, where he had spent nearly all his schooldays, in April, 1915, and entered the service of the Clan Line as a midshipman. His first voyage was a very long one, but confirmed his love of the sea and his choice of a profession.

In 1916 he passed into the Government Service, and after a course of gunnery entered one of his Company's largest and latest transports. After braving the dangers of naval service for two years, he was one of three officers and five men who lost their lives when his ship was torpedoed and sunk on a voyage to America.

Seven of these were buried with naval honours at Portsmouth, but his body was never recovered.

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