Macoun, Leslie Stuart

Macoun, Leslie Stuart

Civilian War Dead

RMS Lady Hawkins

Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 19 January 1942 (aged 67)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Husband of Julia Maude Macoun


Captain (Retired) Leslie Stuart Macoun and his wife, Julia Maude Macoun, were travelling together aboard the RMS Lady Hawkins when they died as the result of enemy action on 19 January 1942.

RMS Lady Hawkins was a steam passenger ship owned by Canadian National Steamships Ltd., Montreal.  Built by Cammell Laird and Company, Birkenhead in 1928, she was sailing from Montreal to Bermuda with both passengers and cargo aboard.  She was unescorted and blacked out when she was hit by two torpedoes fired from the German submarine U-66.  More than 250 people were killed when RMS Lady Hawkins sank some 150 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website Captain (Retired) Leslie Stuart Macoun of 199 Wurtemburg Street, Ottawa, Canada is described as a son of Mary Macoun of Holywood and the late John Macoun.  Leslie Stuart Macoun was born on 31 July 1874 in Riverston Terrace, Holywood and he was a son of linen manufacturer John Richey Macoun (born 1835) of Holywood (previously Malone Park, Belfast) and Wilhelmina Moorehead Macoun (nee Dawson, born 26 October 1845).  They were married on 27 February 1872 and they had two children:

Leslie Stuart Macoun (born 31 July 1874 in Riverston Terrace, Holywood)

Hilda May Macoun (born 11 September 1882 in Woodbourne, Holywood; died 24 December 1952)

Leslie Stuart Macoun was educated in the Isle of Man.

Leslie Stewart Macoun moved to Canada in 1890 where he secured a position as an accountant at the Horticultural Experimental Station in Ottawa.  Later he joined the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards and attained the rank of Captain.  His mother, Wilhelmina Macoun, died on 2 January 1898 (aged 51) and his father, John Richey Macoun, died on 2 April 1923 (aged 87).

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website Julie Maude Macoun of 199 Wurtemburg Street, Ottawa in Canada is described as a daughter of Lady Borden of Borden Place, Canning, Nova Scotia, and the late Sir Frederick William Borden.  Julia was in fact Lady Borden’s stepdaughter.  Frederick William Borden was born on 14 May 1847 and he obtained an MD degree in 1868 from Harvard Medical School.  He practised in Canning, Nova Scotia before entering politics in 1874.  The previous year, on 1 October 1873, he and Julia Maude Clarke were married, and they had three children:

Elizabeth M. (born 1874)

Harold Lothrop (born 23 May 1876)

Julie Maude (born 23 March 1879)

After Julia Borden died in 1880, Frederick William Borden married Julia’s sister, Bessie Blanche Clarke.  In 1896 he became Minister for Militia and Defence and his only son, Lieutenant Harold Lothrop Borden, was killed on 16 July 1900 at Witpoort in the South African War.  Frederick William Borden was created a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) in June 1902 and he died in Canning on 6 January 1917 after a short illness.

Julia Maude Borden and Leslie Stuart Macoun were married on 22 May 1906 and they had one daughter:

Elizabeth Rosamund Macoun (born 1907)

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.