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  • Name: Angus Falconer DOUGLAS-HAMILTON
  • D.O.B: 20th August, 1863
  • D.O.A: 26th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 26th September, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 45th Brigade, 15th Division

Chalet Wood, Hill 70, near Loos, France 25-26 September 1915

25-26 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

Following the initial successes on Hill 70 on the first day of the Battle of Loos (25 September 1915, see above), 15th Division’s reserve, including 6th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, was moved up to support an attack on Cité St Auguste, a mining village to the east of Hill 70. The Cameron Highlanders under Temporary Lieutenant Colonel A F Douglas- Hamilton formed a defensive line from Chalk Pit Wood to Chalet Wood, on the northern slopes of Hill 70 east of the La Bassée-Lens road. On 26 September 1915, the second day of the Battle of Loos, another attempt was made to capture Hill 70. Three battalions were to attack the north, centre and south of the German redoubt on top of it. 13th Battalion The Royal Scots were assigned the northern flank. The assault began at 9am. However, after an hour and a half the Cameron Highlanders were driven out of Chalet Wood. All attempts to retake it failed. Douglas-Hamilton led four charges against the enemy but he and his surviving men were all killed in the last one. This increased German fire against the 13th Royal Scots. Attempts to recapture the Cameron Highlanders’ position were unsuccessful. Private R A Dunsire distinguished himself by two gallant rescues of wounded men from no man’s land shortly before a German attack.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when commanding his battalion during operations on 25th and 26th September, 1915, on Hill 70. On the 26th, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, he rallied his own battalion again and again, and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, consisting of about fifty men, in a most gallant manner and was killed at their head. It was mainly due to his bravery, untiring energy and splendid leadership that the line at this point was enabled to check the enemy’s advance. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 November 1915. 18 November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11447

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