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GENERATIONS OF WARRIORS; Front-line families.. and the wife who also went to war.

CAPTAIN Freddie Macnair is the seventh generation of his family to serve his country, a distinguished line that boasts a Military Cross and service in several major battles, The 27-year-old, now serving with The Highlanders, the 4th battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, can trace his Army background to the early 19th century.

Freddie's dad, Lieutenant Colonel William Macnair served for 21 years and was an intelligence officer in East Germany between 1980 - 1982.

His grandfather Major James Macnair served in the Royal Artillery in World War II and won the Military Cross. His twin brothers Lt Col Richard and Capt Peter Macnair also fought in World War II - Richard was captured by the Italians at Tobruk and Peter lost an arm in Italy.

Another step back, his gran Margaret was the daughter of Major General Neville Cameron who was wounded in World War I and fought in the Sudan campaign in 1898.

"My dad gave me my great grandfather's sword when I was commissioned," says Freddie. "It's quite precious."

Major General Neville's father - Freddie's great great grandad - was General Sir William Cameron who was wounded in the Crimean war. Of his other three sons, Lieutenant William was killed fighting in the Sudan and Captain Ewan shot himself after the South African war.

His third son Lieutenant Napier was killed in the First World War.

Go back six generations and Colonel William Cameron was wounded in the Waterloo campaign.

"But I'm the only one from my generation who's gone into the military," says Freddie. "My brother Giles has just finished his masters degree in human resources and my youngest brother Archie, is at medical school.

"My only concern though is that so many of my ancestors were wounded or died!"


HISTORY Freddie is a seventh generation soldier
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2008
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