Lieutenant-Colonel Angus Douglas-Hamilton VC, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel Angus Douglas-Hamilton VC, of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action at the Battle of Loos in France. His father had been a Major-General, and his great-great-grandfather was Lieutenant General.James Douglas-Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton and 1st Duke of Brandon. He was educated at Foster's Naval Preparatory School and Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1884, he fought in the Sudan Expeditions, served in Gibraltar, Malta, South Africa, North China, and India, was mentioned in dispatches, and attained the rank of major in 1901. He retired in 1912, remaining on the army's reserve list. In August 1914 at the outbreak of the Great War, at the age of fifty, he was recalled and promoted to a temporary Lieutenant-Colonelcy. On the day of his death, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, he repeatedly rallied his own battalion, leading his men forward four times. The last time he led fifty men (all that remained) and was killed at their head as his men were able to check the line of the enemy’s advance. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, and commended for his bravery and splendid leadership. Angus, born in Brighton, was 52 years old, and married with a daughter.