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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Chalky, what an interesting history lesson, really great to see

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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Sergeant David Findlay



    Born: in the parish of Guardbridge Fife.

    Date of act of bravery: 9th May 1915

    London Gazette: 29th June 1915

    Campaign: Western Front 1st World War 1915 Battle of Aubers Ridge

    Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 9th May 1915 near Rue de Bois when he led a bombing party of twelve men with the greatest gallantry in the attack until ten of them had fallen. Lance Corporal Findlay then ordered the two survivors to crawl back and he himself went to the assistance of a wounded man and carried him over a distance of one hundred yards of fire swept ground quite regardless of his own personal safety.

    Location of VC: Black Watch Museum

    Army Career: Enlisted 5th February 1910

    Age on enlistment 18yrs 1 month
    Trade: Ploughman
    Promoted Corporal 2nd Battalion 23rd May 1915.
    Promoted Sergeant 2nd Battalion 27th June 1915
    Killed in Action 21st January 1916 Hannah Iraq

    Army Service: At home 1 yr. 311 days.
    India: 2yrs 282 days
    France: 76 days
    Persian Gulf: 47 days
    Total: 5 yrs 351 days.

    Comments: His name is recorded on the Basra Memorial Iraq (Panel 25 and 63). The Basra Memorial was originally found within the Basra War Cemetery, but was moved in 1997 by Presidential Decree. The Basra Memorial is now 32 kilometres along the road to Nasirayah in the middle of a Gulf War Battleground. More than forty thousand British, Indian and West African dead are commemorated on the Memorial.
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    Private Charles Melvin



    Born: In the Parish of Craig near Montrose Forfarshire

    Date of Act of Bravery: 21st April 1917 at Istabulat, Iraq

    London Gazette: 23rd November 1917

    Location of VC: Black Watch Museum

    Citation: For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and resource in action. Private Melvin's Company had advanced to within fifty yards of the front line trench of a redoubt, where owing to the intensity of the enemy's fire, the men were obliged to lie down and wait for reinforcements. Private Melvin, however, rushed on by himself, over ground swept from end to end by rifle and machine gunfire. On reaching the enemy's trench he halted and fired two or three shots into it, killing one or two enemy, but as the others in the trench continued to fire at him he jumped into it and attacked them with his bayonet in his hand, as owing to his rifle being damaged, it was not fixed. On being attacked in this resolute manner most of the enemy fled to their second line but not before Private Melvin had killed two more and succeeded in disarming eight unwounded and one wounded. Private Melvin bound up the wounds of the wounded man and then driving the eight unwounded prisoners before him, and supporting the wounded one, he hustled them out of the trench and marched them in and delivered them over to an officer. He then provided himself with a load of ammunition and returned to the firing line where he reported himself to his Platoon Sergeant. All this was done not only under intense machine gun and rifle fire, but the whole way back Private Melvin and his party were exposed to a very heavy artillery barrage fire. Throughout the day Private Melvin greatly inspired those near him with his confidence and courage.

    Army Service: Age on enlistment: 20
    Trade: Factory Worker
    Date of enlistment: 4th April 1907
    Transferred to Class Z Army Reserve: 15th April 1919
    At home: 2yrs 114 days
    India: 6 yrs 93 days
    France: 296 days
    Persian Gulf: 1 yr 239 days
    Egypt: 1 yr
    Total: 12 yrs 12 days
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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Major/Acting Lt Col Lewis Pugh Evans



    Born: Abermadd Dyfed 3rd January 1881

    Date of Act of Bravery: 4th October 1917 near Zonnebeke Belgium

    London Gazette: 20th November 1917.

    Location of VC: Lord Ashcroft VC Collection (Acquired 2009)

    Died: 30th November 1962 at Lovesgrove Aberystwyth. Buried Llanbadam, Dyfed

    Citation: He was awarded when commanding the 1st Btn Lincolnshire Regiment. For conspicuous bravery and leadership Lt.Co. Evans took his Battalion in perfect order through a terrific enemy barrage, personally formed up all units and led them to the assault. While a strong machine gun emplacement was causing casualties and the troops were working round the flank Lt.Col. Evans rushed at it himself and by firing his revolver through the loophole, forced the garrison to capitulate. After capturing the first objective he was severely wounded in the shoulder, but refused to be bandaged and reformed the troops pointed out all future objectives, and again led his battalion forward. Again badly wounded he nevertheless continued to command until the second objective was won, and after consolidation, collapsed from loss of blood. As there were numerous casualties he refused assistance and by his own efforts ultimately reached the dressing station. His example of cool bravery stimulated in all ranks the highest valour and determination to win.

    Army Career: 2/Lt 23rd December 1899 2nd Black Watch
    Lt. 1st May 1901
    Captain: 27th October 1906
    GSO3: 20th August 1914
    Double Co.Commander 1st Black Watch:
    Brigade Major: 3rd May 1915 7th Infantry Btn
    Major: 1st September 1915
    GSO2: 1st March 1916 6th Division
    T/Lt.Col. Commanding 1st Btn Lincolnshire Regt. 23rd March 1917 to
    October 1917 (wounded)
    T/Brig.General 10th June 1918 14th Infantry Brigade
    Base Commandant Rotterdam: Feb - Nov. 1919
    Instructor Senior Officers' School: Feb 1920
    Brigade Major: 7th June 1921
    GSO2: 16th February 1923
    Lt.Col. Commanding 2nd Black Watch, 15th September 1926
    Bt.Col.1st January 1928
    AAG: Eastern Command 15th May 1931
    Commander 159th (Welsh Border ) Infantry Brigade T.A. 18th May 19 1933
    Retired as Brig.General 3rd January 1938.
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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Corporal/Acting Sergeant John Ripley






    Born: 20th August 1867 in the Parish of Keith Banffshire

    Date of Act of Bravery: 9th May 1915 Rue du Bois, Aubers Ridge

    London Gazette:

    Location of VC: Not Publicly Held

    Died: 14th August 1933, St Andrew's Fife, Upper Largo Churchyard

    Citation: For most conspicuous bravery at Rue Du Bois on May 9th 1915. When leading his section on the right of the right platoon in the assault, he was the first man of the battalion to ascend the enemy's parapet and from there he directed those following him to gaps in the German wire entanglements. He then led his section through a break in the parapet to a second line of trench which had previously been decided upon, as the final objective in this part of the line. In that position Cpl Ripley with seven or eight men established himself blocking both flanks and arranging a fire position until all his men had fallen and he himself been badly wounded in the head.

    Army Service: Age on enlistment 45
    Trade: Slater
    3rd Btn Corporal 25th September 1914
    1st Btn 18th February 1915
    Depot Battalion posted ex expeditionary force 11th May 1915
    3rd Btn appointed acting sergeant 2nd July 1915
    Transferred Class z Army Reserve 28th March 1919
    At home: 4 yrs 103 days
    Abroad 82 days
    Total 4yrs 185 days
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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    The information above was taken from different websites, collated and placed here.

    The VC Locations were taken from http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/ccbwatch.htm

    I will check with the Museum to see if this information is up to date.

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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    excellant, chalky, very good reading,
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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Chalky
    Thanks for posting the VC,s posts, very interesting.
    Was w.Speakman not attached to the Black Watch, from the KOSB?
    also, Many thanks for the hard work in keeping the site going, I am sure it must be frustrating at times and involve a lot of your time.
    Yours
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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Originally Posted By: ARMAGHChalky
    Thanks for posting the VC,s posts, very interesting.
    Was w.Speakman not attached to the Black Watch, from the KOSB?
    also, Many thanks for the hard work in keeping the site going, I am sure it must be frustrating at times and involve a lot of your time.
    Yours
    Joe


    Joe,

    Thanks. The following is from the Victoria Cross Site:

    Medal entitlement of:
    Sergeant William SPEAKMAN
    The Black Watch ( Royal Highlanders )
    att'd 1st Bn, King's Own Scottish Borderers

    * Victoria Cross
    * Korea Medal ( 1950-53 )
    * UN Korea Medal ( 1950-53 )
    * General Service Medal ( 1918-62)
    o 1 clasp:
    o "Malaya"
    * General Service Medal ( 1962-2007 )
    o 2 clasps:
    o "Borneo" - "Radfan"
    * Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal ( 1953 )
    * Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ( 1977 )
    * Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ( 2002 )

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    Re: Black Watch Victoria Cross Holders

    Chalky Thanks for all your hard work on this article Neil Watson.

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