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Private George McIntosh VC

Information about Private George McIntosh who was awarded the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele in the Battle of Pilckem:

Private George McIntosh VC served with the 1/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was from nearby Buckie in Banffshire, Scotland where he was born on the 24 April 1897. During his service in the First World War Private George McIntosh was awarded the Victoria Cross medal for his bravery and action at Passchendaele in Ypres Belgium during the Battle of Pilckem on the 3 July 1917.

Private George McIntosh was a 20 year old at the time and when he and his comrades came under fire from the enemy he rushed forward under heavy fire. With no thought to his personal safety Private George McIntosh threw a Mills grenade into the enemy emplacement. This killed two enemy soldiers and wounded another. Private George McIntosh then entered the enemy dug out and commandeered two light machine guns. For his fearlessness and saving the lives of his comrades he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in the face of the enemy.

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Private George McIntosh survived the Great War. The army service number of Private George McIntosh was 265579 and his citation for the Victoria Cross was published in the London Gazette paper on the 6 September 1917 as Private Gordon McIntosh VC.

George McIntosh also saw active service in the Second World War as a flight sergeant in the Royal Air Force (RAF).

George McIntosh VC died aged on the 20 June 1968 years. His Victoria Cross medal is on display at the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.

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