63141 Serjeant Hector McMillan DCM, C Battery,
112 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Died of Wounds, 6th
August 1917, Aged 29.
in Mendigham Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot IV, Row A, Grave 19.
|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.
|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
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.
|The grave of Serjeant Hector McMillan DCM