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WW1 Cameronians Scottish Rifles Battle of Doiran Military Cr...

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WW1 Cameronians Scottish Rifles Battle of Doiran Military Cross Group of Six Medals.

Awarded to 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Reid 11th Bn Scottish Rifles, a pre war soldier who had previously served in the ranks of the Seaforth Highlanders. Comprising: Military Cross “2L/T A REID 19.9.18 THE CAMERONIANS” (Privately Engraved), India General Service Medal, clasp “North West Frontier 1908”, “8794 LANCE CORPORAL A REID 1ST BN SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS”, 1914 Star, with clasp, “8794 PTE A REID 1/SEA HIGHRS”, British War Medal, Victory Medal, “2 LIEUT”, French Croix de Guerre, with palm. Group mounted for display. ... Accompanied by corresponding miniature medal group mounted as worn. ... Also a quantity of research.

Citation Military Cross appeared in the London Gazette on the 1st February 1919 “For gallantry and devotion to duty on the 19th September 1918. Although suffering from gas poisoning at the commencement of operations, he led his Company in the assault with great dash. By personal example and capable organisation of the mixed units in the Brigade, who came later under his command he was mainly responsible for the firm stand maintained on the Tongue against enemy counterattacks under an intense bombardment and machine gun fire. He set a fine example to all with him”. French Croix de Guerre London Gazette 21st July 1919 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Reid originally served in the ranks, enlisting into the 1st Bn of the Seaforth Highlanders and with the Battalion saw action on the North West Frontier in 1908 (Confirmed on medal roll). At the outbreak of the Great War, now reduced in rank back to Private landed in France on the 12th October 1914, seeing action earning him the clasp to the 1914 Star. He appears to have then been attached to the 11th Bn Scottish Rifles and was selected for a commission on the 16th June 1918. His gallantry which earned him the Military Cross took place on the 19th September, when he took command after all the more senior Officers had been killed or wounded. This was part of the Battle of Doiran when elements of the British and Greek army attacked positions of the Bulgarian First Army. He resigned his commission 20th June 1919.

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