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Acting Captain Gavin Mccall 10th Scottish Rifles


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Lives of the first World War have the same photo and further write-up here


FindmyPast have his original Militia attestation, pre-Cameronians, with 5th Rifle Brigade in 1905 here

-which shows he tried to join Milititia in 1904 but rejected as under age. Father's address unknown.



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Gazetted 2nd Lt. 9 May 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30127/supplement/5816


2nd Lt. to be acting Capt. whilst commanding a Company 15 August 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30388/supplement/11939


Edit to add:- London Gazette notification for the award of the M.M. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29819/supplement/10926


London Gazette notification for the award of the D.C.M. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29872/supplement/12438 This was for his actions at Guedecourt on 23 October 1916.

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Before dawn enemy had reconnoitring patrols out.  They were fired on heavily by our L.G’s and driven back.

Occasional shelling of front, support and reserve lines.  Men employed at night improving defences and communications.

Casualties during the day Killed 1 other rank, Wounded 2 other ranks.







9 pm.

Occasional shelling of our front.  Support, reserve lines and C.Ts.  Very little movement seen.  Nothing to indicate further advance by the enemy.  Enemy aeroplanes flying very low over our positions all day,  fired on heavily by L.G. and rifle fire.

Battalion relieved in the front line by 9th BLACK WATCH.  On completion of relief Battalion moved back to ARMY LINE,  TILLOY and were in Brigade reserve.  H.Q. at ESTAMINET CORNER.  All ranks assembled in new positions by 1 a.m.  Casualties during the day nil.


3.30 a.m.



8.15 a.m.

Enemy artillery opened very heavy fire on ARMY LINE.  Fire continued until 7.30 a.m. when it became intense.  Companies were cut off from H.Q. by barrage and could get no message through.

Master Cook of 7th CAMERON HIGHLANDERS came into H.Q. and stated that most of his Battalion had become casualties and that the enemy had penetrated our front line S. of CAMBRAI road.  H.Q. Coy. at once sent up to reinforce Support line. 

Summary of operations with copies of messages received from Companies attached and marked.


Killed CAPT. G. MCCALL, LIEUT. G.W. JAMIESON, 2.LIEUT. J. KERR and 22 other ranks.

Wounded LIEUT. J. MACKENZIE, 2.LIEUT. J. ROBB and 119 other ranks.

Missing 25 other ranks.

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The award of the Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette of 26 September 1917 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30308/supplement/9977 


The citation was published in the London Gazette of 8 January 1918 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30466/supplement/628 and was for his actions East of Ypres on 1 August 1917.

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John. My above Post #7 is an extract from the WD of the 10th Scottish Rifles. There are two other entries regarding Gavin McCall. 2nd. May 1917. " 2nd Lt. G McCall joined the Battalion".

9th Sept 1917. " 2nd Lt G McCall Authorised to wear the badge of rank of Captain while commanding a Company. Hope this is of some help.  Rob B.

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  • spof changed the title to Acting Captain Gavin Mccall 10th Scottish Rifles

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