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  • Name: Hugh McIVER
  • D.O.B: 21st June, 1890
  • D.O.A: 23rd August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 2nd September, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 8th Brigade, 3rd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Battle of Albert (third day), France 23 August 1918

23 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

In the Battle of Albert, which began on 21 August 1918, III Corps of Third Army sought to advance the line north of Albert as far as the railway to Arras. On the opening day of the Battle, Lieutenant Colonel R A West VC had distinguished himself in the fighting at Courcelles-le-Comte, north-west of Bapaume. The village was captured early on the morning of the 23rd and it was for his gallantry in this action that Private H McIver, 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots, was awarded the VC. While the Third Army had responsibility for the advance in the northern sector, the southern sector, from a line just north of Albert itself, was assigned to the Fourth Army and here the troops of the Australian Imperial Force played a significant role. Lieutenant W D Joynt, 8th Battalion (Victoria), was awarded the VC for his gallantry during the fighting at Herleville and Plateau Woods, south of Chuignes, near the Amiens-St Quentin road, just west of Foucaucourt. A couple of miles to the south-east, Lieutenant L D McCarthy, 16th Battalion (South Australia and Western Australia), similarly distinguished himself in the attack on Madame Wood, near Vermandovillers, north of Lihons.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when employed as a company runner. In spite of heavy artillery and machine-gun fire he carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed, he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post, and having killed six of the garrison captured twenty prisoners with two machine guns. This gallant action enabled the company to advance unchecked. Later, he succeeded at great personal risk in stopping the fire of a British Tank which was directed in error against our own troops at close range. By this very gallant action Pte. McIver undoubtedly saved many lives. 

Seventh Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 November 1918. 15 November 1918, Numb. 31012, p. 13473

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