Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand
|Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand|
|Born||8 October 1879
|Died||1 July 1916 (aged 36)
Near Fricourt, France
|Buried at||Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt|
|Years of service||1899-1916 †|
The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)
|Commands held||10th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War
World War I
Major Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand VC (8 October 1879 – 1 July 1916) was an English 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 born in Ceylon but moved to South London for his schooling, he lived at 27 Alleyn Park Road Dulwich, and attended Dulwich College between 1891 and 1897 where he excelled at sport, especially Cricket. He was one of the ten children of John Loudoun Shand and his wife Lucy, and was the second of the five brothers. His father, who originated from Scotland, adopted his middle name Loudoun as the first part of a double-barrelled surname, and all members of the family followed suit. His father, John Loudoun Loudoun-Shand (died 2 February 1932 at Craigellie, Alleyn Park, Dulwich. Aged 86 years) was a prominent plantation owner in what was then called Ceylon. Arriving in the Island in 1864 Mr. Loudoun-Shand did a lot of planting chiefly in the Dimbula and Dickoya districts and in 1879 and 1880 was elected Chairman of the Planters' Association of Ceylon in what was a difficult period. Known as "Silver-tongued Shand" due to his oratory prowess, in 1882 and 1884 he was Planting Member of the Legislative Council. He was also an Honorary Life Member of the Ceylon Association in London. Stewart's mother died in September 1930 in Ceylon. She had travelled there in 1872 to be married.
Along with his four brothers, he attended Dulwich College. His eldest brother, William, followed his father into the planting business. Alexander, the third brother, became a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy and was the head of the Royal Australian Naval College. The youngest of the five brothers, Eric Loudoun-Shand was a rugby union international and recipient of the Military Cross. The fourth of Stewart's four brothers was C. B. Loudoun-Shand who resided Delta, Pussellawa for a while. He was known as 'Bosun' Loudoun-Shand and was the Colonel of the volunteer force 'The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps' .
He was 36 years old, and a temporary major in the 10th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 1 July 1916 near Fricourt, France, when Major Loudoun-Shand's company attempted to climb over the parapet to attack the enemy's trenches, they were met by very fierce machine-gun fire which temporarily stopped their progress. The major immediately leapt on the parapet, helped the men over it and encouraged them in every way until he was mortally wounded. Even then, he insisted on being propped up in the trench and went on encouraging his men until he died.
He is commemorated at nearby West Norwood Cemetery, and buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt CWGC near the Somme His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.
- Obituaries from the Ceylon Green Book 1932,
- The Straits Times, 22 September 1930, Page 10
- Naval Cadets' Passing-out Ceremony at Flinders in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic), Friday 24 August 1945
- The London Gazette: . 9 September 1916. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
- CWGC entry