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George Browse MC
George Augustus Browse
|Died||1977, Age 92|
|Service/branch||6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders|
|Rank||Company Sergeant Major|
During the First World War George Browse served as the Company Sergeant Major of the 6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders part of the 51st (Highland) Division, where he won during the Battle of Arras (1917) the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After all his officers had become casualties he consolidated a forward line, and held on against enemy counter-attacks for two days with three platoons. His coolness, powers of leadership, and of keeping up the spirits of his men, who were short of water, rations and ammunition, were most marked."
Before the war George was ever present marshalling the defence of Bishopmill United FC. After the war he had been Elgin City's regular centre-half in a side that should have played in khaki rather than black and white, in which the comradeship of the trenches had been exchanged for that of the playing field.
- 14223 - Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette, July 20, 1917.