Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton

1863 - 1915

 
LTC Angus Falconer Douglas-HamiltonMajor Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton, V.C. was the son of Maj.-Gen. Octavius Douglas-Hamilton and Katherine Augusta Westenra Macleod. He was born on 20 August 1863. He married Anna Watson Mackenzie, daughter of Captain Alexander Watson Mackenzie, on 1 August 1894. He died on 26 September 1915 at age 52 at Loos, killed in action.
     

He gained the rank of Major in the service of the 79th Cameron Highlanders and the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the 6th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.

He fought in the Sudan Expedition from 1884 to 1885. He fought in the Sudan Expedition from 1885 to 1886. He fought in the First World War between 1914 and 1915. He was awarded the decoration of the honour, Mentioned in Dispatches.

On 25/26 September 1915 during operations on Hill 70, France, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas-Hamilton, when the battalions on his right and left had retired, rallied his own battalion again and again and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, about 50 men, in a most gallant manner, and was killed at their head. It was due to his bravery, and splendid leadership that the line at this point was able to check the enemy's advance.  He was awarded the Victoria Cross.  (Source: http://www.victoriacross.net/award.asp?vc=516 )

 

 

The remains of a lost First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross may have been found almost 100 years after he was killed defending British lines on the western front.

Lieutenant-Colonel Angus Douglas-Hamilton led four counterattacks against a German advance at the Battle of Loos, before he was killed leading his last 50 men on September 26, 1915. He was 52. If battlefield remains are confirmed as his, it would be the first identification of a VC winner in living memory, according to Diddy Grahame, of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association. (The Times; 2013)

 

     Child of Major Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton, V.C. and Anna Watson Mackenzie:
Camilla Beatrice Douglas-Hamilton   b. 9 Aug 1895, d. 23 May 1957