Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant John Montgomery Vaughan, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), died as a result of wounds received three days earlier during the Second Battle of Ypres.
Born in India, where his father was employed with the Indian Civil Service, he was educated at Cheltenham College. One of his fellow students, on hearing of his death, described him as “a splendid chap” known for his worthy advice and upright determination: “I rarely met a fellow I liked and admired so much. The best get taken.” Lieutenant Vaughan went on to attend the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and in December of 1914 he was commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant just days before his death. He is remembered both in the army and at school as being bright and cheerful, even in the worst of circumstances.
A major from the Royal Field Artillery wrote to Lieutenant Vaughan’s parents: “On May 24th, on the occasion of the severe attack of the Germans E. of Ypres, your son was brought into my observation station wounded in the head. He was just about exhausted when he reached me at 10 a.m.. A Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C., T.F., redressed his wound, but he lay all day in my dug-out in a very exhausted state. When I had to retire to control the fire of two of my guns, that officer very nobly remained with him….the situation was then one of very considerable anxiety. I reported to the nearest dressing-station that your son was unable to move and they promised to have him brought in at night. The very large number of casualties caused delay, as no bearers had arrived by 11:30 p.m.. The Army Surgeon carried your son over a mile by himself, under heavy fire for a considerable part of the journey to the dressing station”. Despite the care given, Lieutenant Vaughan died from his injury three days later. He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery in France.
John, from Eastbourne, was 18 years old.