Donald Rankine was born in Tongue son of John Rankine and Mary MacDonald, who had married in Caithness and then moved to live at Dherue Tongue a cottage high above
Kinloch towards Ben Hope, where his father was probably employed as a shepherd; Donald emigrated to Canada prior to the First World War.
He served as a private soldier in the 43
Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of Canada), Canadian Expeditionary Force. The
battalion was in the 9 Brigade, 2 Canadian Division
that took part in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
On Sunday the 8 of October, the
2 Canadian Division attacked Regina trench and was soon held up by
enemy barbed wire. Only the 58 Battalion managed to enter the
enemy front line at Regina trench, other units eventually joined them but were
soon overwhelmed. The 43 Battalion entered Regina trench but it
was soon forced out by enemy action and had to retire back to its start line.
Private Donald Rankine was killed in action
during this attack.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL EDINBURGH CASTLE
Rankine Donald Hugh 1530570.
Private. 8-10-16. 43 Battalion of Canada.( Queens Own Cameron
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
D.H. 153570. 43 Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba
8 October 1916. Plot 1.
Row D. Grave 31.
Private Donald Rankine 153570, 43
Battalion (Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada) Canadian Infantry is
buried in a war grave in ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, SOMME, FRANCE. (Adanac is
Canada spelt backwards)