John McAulay

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John McAulay
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Sergeant John McAulay of the Glasgow Police, c.1922
Born (1888-12-27)27 December 1888
Kinghorn, Fife
Died 14 January 1956(1956-01-14) (aged 67)
Burnside, Glasgow
Buried at New Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1914–19
Rank Sergeant
Unit Scots Guards
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross
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.[1]

After the war he resumed his career in the Glasgow Police, rising to the rank of inspector before retiring in 1948.[2]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Scots Guards RHQ), London.


  1. ^ "No. 30471". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 January 1918. p. 723. 
  2. ^ Find a grave profile

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