Private David Ross Lauder, VC

Private David Ross Lauder, VC

Private David Ross Lauder, born at Easter Glentore near Greengairs by Airdrie, earned the Victoria Cross for his actions at Gallipoli on 13 August 1915.

Serving with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers at Cape Helles in Turkey, Private Lauder neutralised a grenade which had fallen amongst his comrades by smothering it with his foot. This action localised the resultant explosion and ensured no-one else was hurt. Private Lauder himself suffered hugely as a result of his bravery, losing a foot in the inital action and later a larger part of his leg after the wound became infected.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in Turkey, and received his medal from King George V himself at Buckingham Palace in March 1917. 

Private Lauder was the first person from North Lanarkshire to receive the Victoria Cross during the First World War. His name is inscribed on the county's VC Memorial in Hamilton town centre.

Courtesy of the Lauder Family, John Love, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser and North Lanarkshire Council.

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Private David Ross Lauder.
David Lauder with his Victoria Cross.