Personal info

  • Name: Ross Anderson TOLLERTON
  • D.O.B: 6th May, 1890
  • D.O.A: 14th September, 1914
  • D.O.D: 7th May, 1931
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

Near Chivy-sur-Aisne, France 14 September 1914

14 September 1914

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The First World War 1914 

On 13 September 1914 the Allies began crossing the River Aisne in pursuit of the retreating Germans. However, east of Soissons, the Germans established themselves in positions north of the river along the ridge which carried the road called the Chemin des Dames. On the 14th the British sought to advance further and the Germans sought to push them back across the Aisne. Neither side succeeded and a stalemate ensued, both sides constructing the trenchworks which henceforth were to characterize the war. In the fighting on 14 September, 2nd Battalion The Welsh Regiment was near Chivy, north of Vendresse. Meanwhile, 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders was among troops who succeeded in storming German trenches near Chivy but were forced to withdraw into the Chivy valley.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 14th September, 1914, at the battle of the Aisne. He carried a wounded Officer under heavy fire as far as he was able into a place of greater safety; then, although himself wounded in the head and hand, he struggled back to the firing line, where he remained till his Battalion retired, when he returned to the wounded Officer, and lay beside him for three days until they were both rescued. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 April 1915. 19 April 1915, Numb. 29135, p. 3816

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