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Company Serjeant Major JOHN KENDRICK SKINNER

Service Number: 6895
Regiment & Unit/Ship

King's Own Scottish Borderers

1st Bn.

Date of Death

Died 17 March 1918

Age 35 years old

Buried or commemorated at

VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY

XIII. H. 15.

Belgium

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • Additional Info Croix de Guerre (France). Son of Walter Skinner; husband of Annie E. Y. Skinner, of 173, St. Andrew's Rd., Pollokshields, Glasgow. Native of Glasgow.
  • Personal Inscription FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW THY SERVANT SLEEPING
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette dated 14th Sept., 1917, recording the award of V.C., reads- "For most conspicuous bravery and good leading. Whilst his company was attacking, machine gun fire opened on the left flank, delaying the advance. Although C.S.M. Skinner was wounded in the head, he collected six men, and with great courage and determination worked round the left flank of three blockhouses from which the machine gun fire was coming, and succeeded in bombing and taking the first blockhouse single-handed; then, leading his six men towards the other two blockhouses, he skilfully cleared them, taking sixty prisoners, three machine guns, and two trench mortars. The dash and gallantry displayed by this warrant officer enabled the objective to be reached and consolidated."

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