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  • Name: Walter Lorrain BRODIE
  • D.O.B: 28th July, 1884
  • D.O.A: 7th November, 1914
  • D.O.D: 25th April, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 2nd Battalion The Highland Light Infantry, 5th Brigade, 2nd Division

Near Becelaere, Belgium 7 November 1914

7 November 1914

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The First World War 1914 

At about 4.30am on 7 November 1914, near Becelaere (Beselare), east of Zillebeke and north of the Menin Road, the Germans, who had advanced their trenches to within 15 yards of the British line, mounted an attack on 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (HLI), entering their trenches. In a letter home, Captain W L Brodie, the Battalion Machine-Gun Officer, described the incident as ‘a bit of a scrape’.


 For conspicuous gallantry near Becelaere on the 11th November, in clearing the enemy out of a portion of our trenches which they had succeeded in occupying. Heading the charge, he bayonetted several of the enemy, and thereby relieved a dangerous situation. As a result of Lieutenant Brodie’s promptitude, 80 of the enemy were killed, and 51 taken prisoners. 

Second Supplemet to The London Gazette of 11 December 1914. 12 December 1914, Numb. 29005, p. 10661)

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