George McIntosh

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George McIntosh
George McIntosh VC and King George V IWM Q 79799.jpg
Private McIntosh is presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V
Born 24 April 1897
Buckie, Banffshire
Died 20 June 1968 (71 years old)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Buried at New Cemetery, Buckie
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
 Royal Air Force
Rank Flight Sergeant
Unit The Gordon Highlanders
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross

George Imlach McIntosh VC (24 April 1897 – 20 June 1968) 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.

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He was 20 years old, and a private in the 1/6th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place at the Battle of Passchendaele for which he was awarded the VC.

On 31 July 1917 at Ypres, Belgium, during the consolidation of a position, the company came under machine-gun fire at close range and Private Mclntosh immediately rushed forward under heavy fire and reaching the emplacement, threw a Mills grenade into it, killing two of the enemy and wounding a third. Subsequently entering the dug-out he found two light machine-guns which he carried back with him. His quick grasp of the situation and the rapidity with which he acted undoubtedly saved many of his comrades and enabled the consolidation to proceed unhindered by machine-gun fire.[1]

George McIntosh was born in Buckie, Banffshire. McIntosh went on to join the Royal Air Force and served in World War II, and during 1942 was the senior NCO with No 1 squadron. He later achieved the rank of Flight Sergeant.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland.

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30272. p. 9260. 4 September 1917. Retrieved 29 November 2009.

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