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|Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:39 pm Post subject: ANGUS FALCONAR DOUGLAS-HAMILTON, VICTORIA CROSS Photo needed
|Ran across this in the Southern Reporter 24/8/1916.
LATE COLONEL DOUGLAS HAMILTON, V.C.
DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL TABLET AT MELROSE.
On Sunday a special dedicatory service was held in Holy Trinity Church, Melrose, when a brass tablet in memory the late Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Hamilton, V.C. Cameron Highlanders, who was killed at Loos, was unveiled and dedicated. The service was conducted by the deceased officer's brother Canon Douglas Hamilton, St. Mary's-le-Tower, Ipswich, and amongst present were Colonel Cavaye, representing General Sir J. Spencer Ewart; Colonel F. Scott Kerr representing the Cameron Highlanders; Mr M'Laren, representing the Cameron Association; General and Mrs Gilpin, Major Egerton. .............. Although Colonel Douglas Hamilton had only been settled in Melrose for a short time. he had already won the respect and confidence of the community, who hoped that retiring to the quiet and charm of Melrose after soldiering in many parts of the Empire some years of usefulness in other ways would have been his lot...………...
The tablet bears the following inscription "In the reverence of God and with undying devotion to the glorious memory of my beloved husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Angus Falconer Douglas Hamilton, V.C., commanding the 6th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, killed at Loos, 26th September, 1915, awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when commanding his battalion during operations 25th and 26th September, 1915, on Hill 70. On 26th, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, he rallied his own battalion again and again, and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, consisting of about fifty men, in a most gallant manner, and was killed at their head. It was mainly due to his bravery, untiring energy, and splendid leadership that the line at this point was enabled to check the enemy's advance.
' O Death, where thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?' His banner over me was Love."