Lieut. R. McK. Kynoch-Shand, Imperial Light Infantry.
Killed in action Spion Kop 24 January 1900.
Robert McKerrell Kynoch-Shand was the son of Robert Kynoch-Shand and his wife Flora (nee Hirschfeld). The family home was at Linn House in Keith, Aberdeenshire which is now owned by Chivas Regal. The family business was wool and cashmere cloth manufacturers and made the tartan kilts for all the highland regiments. His entry in ‘The Last Post’ states: “2nd Lieut. R. McK. Kynoch-Shand, 6th V.B. Gordon Highlanders was killed in action at Spion Kop, Jan. 24th, 1900. He joined his regiment in June 1898, and, when killed, was serving with the Imperial Light Infantry.” The ILI were positioned on the right of the British line and were pinned down by Boer fire including two Maxim-Nordenfelts and a fifteen pounder. Kynoch-Shand and Lieutenant Rudall attempted to lead a party forward were hit by one pounder shells and killed instantly. Buried on Spion Kop. No grave marker survives. Commemorated on the regimental memorial on Spion Kop and on the panels in All Saints Church, Ladysmith.
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