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Famous Scots - John Mcaulay

Sergeant John McAulay

John McAulay was 28 years old, and a Sergeant in the 1st Bn., Scots Guards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 27 November 1917 at Fontaine Notre Dame, France, when all his officers had become casualties, Sergeant McAulay assumed command of the company and under shell and machine-gun fire successfully held and consolidated the objectives gained. He reorganised the company and noticing a counter-attack developing, repulsed it by the skilful and bold use of machine-guns, causing heavy enemy casualties. The sergeant also carried his company commander, who was mortally wounded, to a place of safety.

Further information The medal His Victoria Cross is displayed at the The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Scots Guards RHQ) (London, England).

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of KingHorn, Fife, Scotland, McAulay worked as a miner, served as a constable with the Northern Police Force in Glasgow from 1911-1914, and joined the Scots Guards a month after the war broke out. He was serving as a Sergeant with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards when he performed the deeds at Fontaine-Notre-Dame, France, during the Battle of Cambrai, November 27, 1917, for which he was awarded the V.C.

Headstone Photograph

Further Information

Title: V.CD.C.M

Firstname: JOHN


Date of Death: 14th Jan 1956

Age at Death: 67

Cemetery: Eastwood new

  Thornliebank Road

Town: Glasgow

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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