- Date of Death:
- Royal Sussex Regiment
- 9th Bn. attd. G.H.Q. General Staff
- V C
I. B. 32.
STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA
- Additional Information:
- Son of George Burgh McNair and Isabella Frederica McNair, of 5, Harrington St., Calcutta.
An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 29527, dated 28th March, 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy exploded a mine, Lieutenant McNair and many men of two platoons were hoisted into the air, and many men were buried. But, though much shaken, he at once organised a party with a machine gun to man the near edge of the crater and opened rapid fire on a large party of the enemy, who were advancing. The enemy were driven back, leaving many dead. Lieutenant McNair then ran back for reinforcements, and sent to another unit for bombs, ammunition and tools to replace those buried. The communication trench being blocked he went across the open under heavy fire and led up the reinforcements the same way. His prompt and plucky action and example undoubtedly saved the situation."