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  • Name: Louis McGUFFIE
  • D.O.B: 15th Feb, 1893
  • D.O.A: 28th Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 4th Oct, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Acting Sergeant, 1/5th Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers (TF), 103rd Brigade, 34th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Wytschaete, Belgium 28 September 1918

28 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 28 September 1918 the Belgian Army and the British Second Army attacked the high ground east of Ypres. 1/5th Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers was in the line north-west of Wytschaete, which lay south of Ypres on the Messines road. Over the next few days the British advanced steadily, recapturing Wytschaete and Messines and by 3 October were outside Comines.


 For most conspicuous bravery and resourceful leadership under heavy fire near Wytschaete on 28th September, 1918. During the advance to Piccadilly Farm, he, single-handed, entered several enemy dugouts and took many prisoners, and during subsequent operations dealt similarly with dugout after dugout, forcing one officer and twenty-five other ranks to surrender. During the consolidation of the first objective he pursued and brought back several of the enemy who were slipping away, and he was also instrumental in rescuing some British soldiers who were being led off as prisoners. Later in the day, when in command of a platoon, he led it with the utmost dash and resource, capturing many prisoners. This very gallant soldier was subsequently killed by a shell. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14777

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