Personal info

  • Name: David Ross LAUDER
  • D.O.B: 31st January, 1894
  • D.O.A: 13th August, 1915
  • D.O.D: 4th June, 1972
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1/4th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers, 52nd Division

The Vineyard, south-west of Krithia, Gallipoli, Turkey 13 August 1915

13 August 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

In one of the diversionary attacks mounted to coincide with the Allied landing at Suvla Bay on the night of 6 August 1915, 88th Brigade had captured a small vineyard east of the Kirte Dere, south-west of Krithia (see Lieutenant W T Forshaw VC above). On the night of 12 August the Turks attempted to recapture the position and during the morning of 13 August 1915 1/4th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers began to relieve the 9th Manchesters there. Savage trench fighting took place and the Fusiliers, trying to repel the Turks with bombs, managed to retain British possession of half the vineyard. While the position was being stabilized, one of the bombs thrown by Private D R Lauder fell back into his own trench. To save his comrades, he sought to shield them by standing on it. The force of the explosion blew off his foot.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery when with a bombing party retaking a sap. Pte. Lauder threw a bomb, which failed to clear the parapet and fell amongst the bombing party. There was no time to smother the bomb, and Pte. Lauder at once put his foot on it, thereby localising the explosion. His foot was blown off, but the remainder of the party through this act of sacrifice escaped unhurt. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 January 1917. 13 January 1917, Numb. 29901, p. 559

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