David Stuart McGregor

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David Stuart McGregor
David Stuart McGregor VC.jpg
Born 16 October 1895
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 22 October 1918 (aged 23)
Hoogemolen, Belgium
Buried at Stasegem Communal Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit The Royal Scots
Machine Gun Corps (attd)
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

David Stuart McGregor VC (16 October 1895 – 22 October 1918) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in The Royal Scots (The Lothian Regiment), British Army, attached to 29th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 22 October 1918 near Hoogemolen, Belgium, Lieutenant McGregor concealed his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road, but immediately the troops advanced they were subjected to such intense enfilade machine-gun fire that he realised it was impossible to get the guns carried forward without great delay. Having ordered the teams to take a safer route, he lay flat on the limber, the driver then galloped forward under the heaviest machine-gun fire to cover beyond, the guns were put into action and the advance resumed. Lieutenant McGregor continued directing the fire until he was killed.[1]

The Medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Scots Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

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