Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Percy Uniacke C.B., 2nd Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders

March 13, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Percy Uniacke C.B., 2nd Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

The eldest son of Captain Turner Uniacke of the 19th Regiment of Foot, who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade, he joined his regiment from the Militia in 1884. He served with his regiment in the Tirah campaign, during which he was wounded during the storming of the Dargal Heights in October of 1897 and mentioned in despatches. During the South African War Lieutenant-Colonel Uniacke was Adjutant as well as Inspector of Musketry, and for three years commanded the Depot at Aberdeen. In December of 1911 he became Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, bringing them from Cairo at the outbreak of the Great War.

At Ypres, Lieutenant-Colonel Uniake was severely wounded in the head by shrapnel on the 29th of October in 1914, and was not deemed fit to resume command of his battalion until the 26th of January in 1915. He was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatches and awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath.

On the day of his death Lieutenant-Colonel Uniacke was fatally wounded at Aubers Ridge during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, a battle which saw the loss of seven men with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He lies buried in the Estairs Communal Cemetery, eleven kilometres from Armentieres in France. On his headstone are the words, “I fought the good fight”.

Henry, from Corsee, Banchory, Scotland, was 52 years old and married.

 

 

 

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