Ewart Alan Mackintosh in Memoriam: Leadership, Patriotism and Posthumous Commemoration

Neil McLennan

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Neil McLennan looks at the poetry of Ewart Alan Mackintosh – a second lieutenant who won the Military Cross for valorous conduct at Arras and who was later killed at Cambrai in November 1917. Mackintosh, McLennan argues, was a devoted and conscientious leader of men, motivated more by an attachment to Scottish landscape, tradition, and loyalty to his comrades than by a hatred of the enemy. McLennan charts the course of Mackintosh’s post-war legacy, moving from near complete obscurity – through a 2004 biography, a monument at the Saint Hubert Chapel in France, anthologisation, and involvement in national centenary commemorations – towards an increasingly central role in the British Great War literary canon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScottish Literature and World War I
EditorsDavid Rennie
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4744-9594-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4744-5459-9, 978-1-4744-5460-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • A Highland Regiment
  • Ewart Alan Mackintosh
  • War
  • The Liberator
  • and Other Pieces
  • commemoration


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