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Seaforths Memorial, Fampoux

The 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders took part in an attack on Roeux on 11th April 1917 from the sunken lane north of Fampoux. During this operation Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh was a warded a posthumous Victoria Cross. His citation reads:

"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."

Donald Mackintosh was the son of Colonel Donald J. Mackintosh, C.B., M.V.O., M.B., LL.D. and Margaret F. Mackintosh, of Western Infirmary House, Glasgow. He was educated at Fettes College and joined the Seaforth Highlanders in 1914. He is buried at Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux.

 

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