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Captain William Fulton Somervail, DSO, MC - Hoselaw Chapel

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:19 pm    Post subject: Captain William Fulton Somervail, DSO, MC - Hoselaw Chapel Reply with quote

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William Fulton Somervail, Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross age 26 Captain, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and Brigade Major 3rd Infantry Brigade.
William was educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh until 1911. He obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Cameronians in August 1914 and joined the 1st battalion in France in January 1915. He was awarded a M.C. For conspicuous gallantry, marked ability and presence of mind at Neuve Chapelle from 10th to 14th March, 1915, when he ably seconded his Commanding Officer and performed excellent work on his own initiative. On the evening of the 12th March he collected the men of his battalion and conducted them over unknown ground to a position for attack with very good judgment. He brought his Battalion out of action after the engagement on 14th March. He was promoted to Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion in April 1915, to Captain in June and fought at Loos and on the Somme. In July 1917 he took command of his Battalion again, was made Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel and awarded the D.S.O. In January 1918 he became Brigade Major, 3rd Infantry Brigade. William and his Brigadier, Sir William Algernon Ireland Kay, went out alone to reconnoitre the position at Joncourt near St. Quentin, and were found later lying dead, killed by the same shell.
Born 1892 in Edrom, Berwickshire. Son of James Alexander Somervail and of Isabella (Fulton) of Hoselaw, Linton.
Husband of Joyce Isabel (Munro) Somervail of Auchindoune, Cawdor, Nairn who he married in August 1918 in Inverness.
Killed in Action on 4 October 1918 and buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Aisne, France.
Also named on the Linton Parish War Memorial, on the Parish Church memorial, on the Kelso War Memorial, on the Edrom Parish War Memorial and on the Loretto School memorial.
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