Archibald Mackenzie MacVicar Scotland

Biography of Archibald Mackenzie MacVicar

Lieutenant Archibald Mackenzie MacVicar of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was born in South End in Argyll. He studied at the University, where he was a football "Blue", and graduated MA in 1934. He became a teacher in Dunoon but volunteered for the army soon after the war began.

MacVicar joined the Scots Guards as a Private but was commissioned in the Argylls. He served in North Africa, where he was selected to represent his Battalion during a visit by the King. He was wounded at the Battle of El Alamein and again at Wadi Akarit, but refused to leave his men. He died in Italy after being wounded for a third time, on 25 July 1943.

Brigadier Lorne MacLaine Campbell, VC, wrote to MacVicar's wife that "Officers like him are worth their weight in gold. He is a grand chap to have with one, and a born leader of men. All his men would follow him anywhere. He displayed magnificent courage, which made me feel proud of Argyll".


Archibald Mackenzie MacVicar
Died 25 July 1943.
GU Degree: MA, 1934;
University Link: Graduate
Father's Details: Angus John MacVicar; Minister
War Service: Lieutenant, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Grave / Memorial: Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 18th Feb 2008

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