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  • Name: Donald MACKINTOSH
  • D.O.B: 7th Feb, 1896
  • D.O.A: 11th Apr, 1917
  • D.O.D: 11th Apr, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s), 10th Brigade, 4th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Roeux, France 11 April 1917

11 April 1917

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The First World War 1917 

While the British were attacking Monchy-le-Preux south of the River Scarpe, to the north of the River they had pushed the Germans back and on 11 April 1917, advancing from Fampoux, attacked Roeux about five miles due east of Arras. The attack took place over exposed ground and the British suffered appalling casualties from machine-gun fire. Roeux was not captured until May.


 For most conspicuous bravery and resolution in the face of intense machine gun fire. During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled he continued to lead his men and captured the trench. In the captured trench Lt. Mackintosh collected men of another company who had lost their leader, and drove back a counter-attack. He was again wounded, and although unable to stand, he continued, nevertheless, to control the situation. With only fifteen men left, he ordered his party to be ready to advance to the final objective, and with great difficulty got out of the trench and encouraged his men to advance. He was again wounded and fell. The gallantry and devotion to duty of this officer were beyond all praise. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 June 1917. 8 June 1917, Numb. 30122, p. 5703

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