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  • Name: Angus BUCHANAN
  • D.O.B: 11th August, 1894
  • D.O.A: 5th April, 1916
  • D.O.D: 1st March, 1944
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Captain, 4th Battalion The South Wales Borderers

Fallahiyeh, Mesopotamia 5 April 1916

5 April 1916

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The First World War Mesopotamia 1915-1918 

As General Townshend’s position at Kut-el-Amara grew ever more desperate, General Sir G F Gorringe, who had succeeded General Aylmer, determined to make a third attempt to relieve him before the spring flooding of the Tigris rendered the situation even more difficult. On 5 April 1916 the British advanced on the Turkish positions north of the Tigris at Hanna but found they had mostly been evacuated. The British then continued west to the next Turkish position at Fallahiyeh. During the fighting here Captain Stewart Hemingway was seriously wounded, and a soldier who had gone to help him was hit and disabled. Captain A Buchanan, 4th Battalion The South Wales Borderers, broke cover and carried Hemingway to safety. He then rescued the soldier. Hemingway died of his wounds on the following day.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack an officer was lying out in the open severely wounded about 150 yards from cover. Two men went to his assistance and one of them was hit at once. Captain Buchanan, on seeing this, immediately went out and, with the help of the other man, carried the wounded officer to cover under heavy machine gun fire. He then returned and brought in the wounded man, again under heavy fire. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 26 September 1916. 26 September 1916, Numb. 29765, p. 9418

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