Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh

Copyright – Stephen C Dickson

Born: 07/02/1886

Died: 11/04/1917

Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders

Location of VC action: Fampoux, France

Date of VC action: 11/04/1917 – during the Battle of Arras

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and resolution in the face of intense machine-gun fire. During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled, he continued to lead his men and captured the trench. In the captured trench, Lieut. Mackintosh collected men of another company who had lost their leader and drove back a counter-attack. He was again wounded, and although unable to stand, he continued, nevertheless to control the situation. With only fifteen men left he ordered his party to be ready to advance to the final objective, and with great difficulty got out of the trench and encouraged his men to advance. He was again wounded and fell. The gallantry and devotion to duty of this officer were beyond all praise.

Lieut. Mackintosh is buried in Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux and there is a statue dedicated to Mackintosh outside his old school of Fettes College in Edinburgh which depicts his dying moments. (See Map Below)

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