Queens Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)

Regimental Association

Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh VC

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Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh, 2nd Seaforth wins the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Arras, France, 11th April 1917.

During the attack at Arras, Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh was awarded the Victoria Cross.

His citation reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery and resolution north of Fampoux, France, on 11th April 1917, in the face of intense rifle fire.  During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled, he continued to lead his men and captured an enemy trench.  In the trench Lieutenant 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 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.”

(London Gazette 8th June 1917)

In the attack on the factory at Fampoux, the 2nd Seaforth suffered 526 casualties, amounting to 93% of the battalion strength.  Three of the companies involved lost all of their officers.