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Sgt. H. McMillan

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63141 Serjeant Hector McMillan DCM, C Battery, 112 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

Died of Wounds,  6th August 1917, Aged 29.

Buried in Mendigham Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot IV, Row A, Grave 19.

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THe badge of the Royal Field Artillery

Hector McMillan was the son of Alexander and Annie McMillan. He was born near Inverness in Scotland, but was working for the Midland Railway Company in Leeds as a cerk at the time of his enlistment.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the award being published in the 3rd supplement to the London Gazette issue No. 30346, dated Monday 22, October 1917. He died of wounds received in action at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, which was a phase of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, which is generally remembered simply as "Passchendaele". Given the time delay between his death and the announcement of the DCM award, it is likely that they resulted from the same action.                                       

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The Distinguished Conduct Medal

The citation taken from LONDON GAZETTE, 26 JANUARY, 1918.

63141 Sjt. H. McMillan, R.F.A. (Beauly).

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty with a signalling party in our front line. Finding it impossible to keep a telephone line through to his battery he established a visual station back to the brigade rear observation post, and when the smoke of the barrage made it impossible to flash messages any longer he undertook the work of carrying them himself, continually passing through
heavy barrages with the finest disregard of personal safety until he was severely wounded. He was of invaluable service to his battery, and his splendid determination and high sense of duty on these occasions was only one of many instances in which he has earned the admiration of all ranks.

Although his name does not appear on the war memorial in Inverness, it does appear at Beauly. He is also listed on the Midland Railway Company War Memorial at Derby.

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The grave of Serjeant Hector McMillan DCM

Remembering the Fallen of Two Villages on the Eastern Fringes of Leeds.

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