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Lt D Mackintosh VC (1), Elder Memorial Chapel Western Infirm

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:05 pm    Post subject: Lt D Mackintosh VC (1), Elder Memorial Chapel Western Infirm Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref 54486

Located in the Elder Memorial Chapel in Glasgow Western Infirmary at OS Map Ref NS 563 666.

The infirmary is scheduled for redevelopment in 2013 and it seems unlikely that the chapel will survive so the future of this memorial is yet to be decided.

This is one of two separate stained glass window memorials to this man in the same chapel, this one has two windows.

Name: MACKINTOSH, DONALD
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
Unit Text: 3rd Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/04/1917
Awards: V C
Additional information: Son of Col. Donald J. Mackintosh, C.B., M.V.O., M.B., LL.D. and Margaret F. Mackintosh, of Western Infirmary House, Glasgow. Educated Fettes College. Joined Seaforth Highlanders in 1914.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 49.
Cemetery: BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:-"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 Lt. 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."





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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Hidden Glasgow: http://www.hiddenglasgow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3077

From the British Medical Journal , Dec 19th 1925

'Two war memorials were unveiled in the chapel of the Glasgow Western Infirmary on December 12th, in the presence of a large number of nurses and members of the general public. The matron of the infirmary, Miss Gregory Smith, unveiled a memorial in memory of Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh, V.C., son of the superintendent of the infirmary, Colonel D. J. Mackintosh, C.B., M.V.O., which took the form of two stained glass windows erected by the Nurses' League. A tablet was unveiled also in memory of two nurses, Sister Ella Maud Bond and Staff Nurse Margaret S. Dewar, who lost their lives in the war. The Rev. George H. Morrison, D.D., conducted a commemoration service, and delivered an address in which he recalled the high esteem and affection in which those whom they were commemorating had been held. Such a joint commemoration was particularly appropriate because of the united comradeship, co-operation, and self-sacrifice of the two sexes in the great war. Colonel Mackintosh for many years had directed the Western Infirmary with a grasp of detail which had placed him high in the ranks of organizers; no man had surpassed him in devotion to the welfare of the great nursing profession. It was, therefore, fitting that in remembering the son the Nurses' League should also bear the father in mind. The two windows were the first of a series to be placed in the chapel. The matron of the infirmary, unveiling the memorials, spoke of the high esteem and regard in which Lieutenant Mackintosh and the two nurses had been held by the infirmiary staff. Colonel J. A. Roxburgh, accepting the custody of the memorials on behalf of the infirmary board of managers, said that they would serve to remind them of the spirit of devotion to duty and self-sacrifice which had always
distinguished the medical and nursing professions. At the conclusion of the service wreaths were placed at the base of the memorials.'
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