Moray's VCs

Moray's VCs

Of the 628 Victoria Crosses awarded during World War1, Moray is able to lay claim to five.

Of these, four were awarded to men born in Moray while the fifth was awarded to a man who very much regarded Moray as his home. Of these five VCs awarded "For Valour",  two were won on the same day.

To commemorate these bravest of men and as part of a national initiative, individual Portland paving stones recording their name and date of valour will be placed in their home communities 100 years to the day, after their deeds. These communities are Dallas, Keith, Rothes, Lossiemouth and Buckie.

Moray’s Victoria Cross winners are:

Corporal William Anderson, VC, 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, born 28 December 1882, Dallas. Awarded for action at Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12 March 1915. He was killed the following day, his body never being found.

Admiral Sir Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith, VC, KCB, KCMG, born 1 April 1883, Richmond, Surrey as Martin Eric Nasmith, the Dunbar being added in 1923. Awarded for action in the Sea of Marmara in the submarine E11, from 19 May to 8 June 1915. He died at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, on 29 June 1965.

Sergeant Alexander Flemming Edwards, VC, 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, born 4 November 1885, Lossiemouth. Awarded for action at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31 July 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele He was killed in action on 24 March 1918.

Private George Imlach McIntosh, VC, 1/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, born 24 April 1897, Buckie. Awarded for action at Ypres, Belgium, 31 July 1917. He died on 20th June 1960.

Sergeant John Ripley, VC, 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, born 20 August 1867, Keith. Awarded for action at Rue du Bois, France, 9 May 1915. John Ripley was one of the oldest recipients of the Victoria Cross during World War 1. He died on 14 August 1933 in St Andrews, having fallen from a ladder.

George Imlach McIntosh receiving his Victoria Cross
George Imlach McIntosh receiving his Victoria Cross from King George V