Hugh McIver

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Hugh McIver
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born (1890-06-21)June 21, 1890
Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
Died September 2, 1918(1918-09-02) (aged 28)
Courcelles, France
Buried at Vraucourt Copse Cenetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit The Royal Scots
Battles/wars World War I 
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Medal & Bar

Hugh McIver VC MM & Bar (21 June 1890 – 2 September 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 28 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Lothian Regiment), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 23 August 1918 east of Courcelle-le Compte, France, Private McIver was employed as a company-runner and under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine-gun post and having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 prisoners and two machine-guns. Later he succeeded, at great personal risk, in stopping the fire of a British tank which was directed in error against our own troops. He was killed in action 10 days later.[1]

He was killed in action, near Courcelles, France, on 2 September 1918.[2]

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

In 2015, Kier Homes named a street in their Hawkhead Village development in Paisley, Hugh McIver Avenue, in memory of him.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31012. p. 13473. 12 November 1918. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ CWGC entry