Sergeant John McAulay of the Glasgow Police, c.1922
27 December 1888|
|Died||14 January 1956
|Buried at||New Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow|
|Years of service||1914–19|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
Distinguished Conduct Medal
|Other work||Police Inspector|
John McAulay, VC, DCM (27 December 1888 – 14 January 1956) was a Scottish policeman, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest 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 sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place at the Battle of Cambrai for which he was awarded the VC.
On 27 November 1917 at Fontaine Notre Dame, France, when all his officers had become casualties, Sergeant McAulay assumed command of the company and under shell and machine-gun fire successfully held and consolidated the objectives gained. He reorganised the company and noticing a counter-attack developing, repulsed it by the skilful and bold use of machine-guns, causing heavy enemy casualties. The sergeant also carried his company commander, who was mortally wounded, to a place of safety.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Scots Guards RHQ), London.