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1885 - 1916

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Pte 15887 Malcolm Guthrie

  • Age: 31
  • From: Higher Tranmere
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Friday 14th January 1916
  • Commemorated at: Corbie Cc
    Panel Ref: I.C.22

Born on 16th September 1884, Malcolm Guthrie was the second of two sons born to William Edward and Anne Guthrie (nee Milne) who also had an older and two younger daughters.

In the September quarter of 1892, both parents died. His father's death was reported in the Birkenhead News 20th Aug 1892


On Tuesday afternoon the funeral of Captain William Edward Guthrie, late of 4 Marlborough Grove, Woodchurch Road, took place at the Bebbington Cemetery. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends, there being fully 200 persons present, sufficient testimony to the worth of the deceased who for 19 years was connected with the Ocean Steamship Company, better known as Holt's Line. Captain Guthrie has for some years past being in command of the splendid vessel the SS Bellerophon and he was often spoken of as a model captain, being a remarkably finely built man. He was held in the highest esteem by the officers and men of his own ship, and indeed by all who made the journey to China or Japan with him, everyone finding in him a true representatives of our famous naval officers. Deceased was taken ill while passing through the Red Sea on the outward voyage about 5 months ago, and on his return home was compelled to come off duty. He lay at his house for nearly 3-months, the illness terminating fatally on Sunday last. Peculiarly sad feature of the occurrence was that Mrs Guthrie gave birth to a child only a few days before Captain Guthrie's death, and was prevented from seeing her husband in the last moments. Captain Guthrie was a comparatively young man, being but 40 years of age at the time of his death. The burial service was conducted by Rev. J..W. Butcher and the Rev. McDonald Munro, who first held a short service at the house before proceeding to the cemetery where a religious service was conducted in the non-conformist chapel, and concluded at the graveside. The chief mourners were Charles Edward Guthrie and Malcolm Guthrie (sons), Florence (daughter), John Guthrie (brother), Elizabeth Guthrie, Agnes and Isabelle Guthrie (sisters) William Guthrie (nephew), John Milne (father-in-law), R. S. Milne (brother-in-law), Mrs McCracken and Mrs Lowry (sisters-in-law), Nora Lowry (niece), Dr Knowles (medical attendant), Messrs. James Hansford, J. Duggan and H. Davies, and Mr Sullivan. Amongst others present were Mr Crompton representing A. Holt and Co., Captain Russell, Captain Ellison, Captain Graham, Messrs. Edwin Kite, H. G. Evans, W.M., representing the Everton Lodge of Freemasons, of which the deceased was a member. There were a number of wreaths, including one from Mrs J. R. Webby from Everton Lodge of Freemasons, and from several relations and friends of the deceased. The funeral arrangements where in the hands of Messrs. Higgins and Smith, and the coffin was brass mounted and conveyed in an open hearse.

Following his parents death, Malcolm,  together with his brother Charles and two sisters, went to live with his grandfather, John Milne, a retired dock master, who in 1901, aged 86 years, lived in 31 Hampden Street, Liverpool.

When his grandfather died, they were brought up by their uncle, John’s son Robert, a bookkeeper with the Mersey Dock Board, still living at 31 Hampden Street.

In 1911, Malcolm is shown as being employed as a marine insurance clerk. 

On 31st August 1914 at  St George's Hall in Liverpool, he enlisted, joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15887. He gave his age as 29 years and 350 days. He was described as being 5' 8 tall, weighed 137lbs, was of sallow complexion, and had brown eyes and brown hair.  He was a clerk born in Birkenhead and gave his next of kin as his brother, Charles Edward, of 41 Roxburgh Avenue, Birkenhead.

He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.

On 12th January 1916, he was wounded in action by artillery fire and was admitted to 95 Field Ambulance and then 21 Casualty Clearance Station suffering from what were initially described as gunshot wounds to his abdomen, back, head and right hand.

He died of his wounds, now said to have been caused by shellfire, at 0600 hours on 14th January 1916.

The Reverend J. M. F. Walker, attached to 21 Casualty Clearing Station, conducted the funeral and he was buried in Corbie Community Cemetery, Grave I C 22.

His headstone bears the epitaph:


His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo on 18th January 1916


Private Malcolm Guthrie, 1st Pals Battalion, of Birkenhead, has died from wounds which were received as a result of bursting of a German shell close to where he was serving his guns.

Also in the Liverpool Echo on 19th January 1916

GUTHRIE - January 14th, from shell wounds, at the 21st Casualty Clearing Station, France, aged 31 years, Private Malcolm Guthrie, Machine Gun Section, 17th (Service) Battalion K.L.R. (1st "Pals"), second son of the late Captain and Mrs W. E. Guthrie and the dearly beloved nephew of R. S. Milne 31 Hampden Road, Higher Tranmere.

His next of kin was noted as his uncle Robert Sewell Milne, 31 Hamden Rd, Birkenhead.

Soldiers Effects executive R.S.Milne, to brother Charles Edward, including his personal belongings listed as - disc, wrist watch, knife, steel mirror, pocket case, 3 photos, false teeth, letters

No Pension record has been found.

His medals and effects were sent to his brother, Charles.