Alexander Forbes McLeod

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Lieutenant Alexander Forbes "Alec" McLeod
Life dates
08 Jul 1900 - 29 Jul 1978
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Though not recorded officially at stand down, McLeod was an Assistant Group Commander of Group 3 Cornwall. He was in command of Mabe, Perranwell and Constatine Patrols.

Known as Alec, he was discharged to join the Royal Engineers 9th July 1943 as Second Lieutenant 279891. He is not therefore recorded on official stand down documents as a officer. He is present on the photographs of Mabe, Constantine and Perranwell Patrols thought to be at a training exercise.

Lieutenant Alec McLeod was a local granite quarry owner as part of Freeman & McLeod Ltd. He is remembered as a big but fair man, treating everyone with great respect. It is known he owned Pelastine Quarry where Mabe Patrol were based and he may have had ownership or certainly knowledge of the quarries used by Perranwell and Constantine Patrols.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Mabe Patrol Patrol Leader 05 Jul 1940 05 Jul 1943
Cornwall Group 3 - Mid-Cornwall Assistant Group Commander Unknown 05 Jul 1943
National ID
WAOD 82/1
Commissioned or Enlisted
July 1940

Quarry manager

8 Dunvegan Road, Penryn, Cornwall
Other information

Born in Aberdeen to George and Helen McLeod. He married Mary I Sim in 1926 in Falmouth.

Alec joined 4th (Reserve) Battalion Dorset Regiment 8 July 1918 as Private 44665 and served in Londonderry, Ireland where he qualified as an anti gas instruction trainer. He was recorded as 5 foot 6 inches tall with light brown hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes.

A keen golfer, he later became Secretary of Cornish Caledonian Golfing Society.


TNA ref WO199/3391 & WO 363

1939 Register

Nephew Mike McLeod

London Gazette 20 Aug 1943

Newquay Express 21 Oct 1954