CaptainMcREADY-DIARMID, ALLASTAIR MALCOLM CLUNY

Died 01/12/1917

Aged 29

4th Bn. attd. 17th Bn.
Middlesex Regiment

V C

Formerly Arthur Malcolm McReady-Drew. Son of Herbert L. Drew and Fanny A. Drew (nee McReady), of 71 Goldsmith Avenue, Acton; husband of Hilda McReady-Diarmid, of Springfield, Dursley, Gloucs. Born at New Southgate, Middlesex.

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 12th March, 1918, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and brilliant leadership. When the enemy penetrated some distance into our position and the situation was extremely critical, Capt. McReady-Diarmid at once led his company forward through a heavy barrage. He immediately engaged the enemy, with such success that he drove them back at least 300 yards, causing numerous casualties and capturing 27 prisoners. The following day the enemy again attacked and drove back another company which had lost all it's officers. This gallant officer at once called for volunteers and attacked. He drove them back again for 300 yards, with heavy casualties. Throughout this attack Capt. McReady-Diarmid led the way himself, and it was absolutely and entirely due to his marvellous throwing of bombs that the ground was regained. His absolute disregard for danger, his cheerfulness and coolness at a most trying time, inspired all who saw him. This most gallant officer was eventually killed by a bomb when the enemy had been driven right back to their original starting point."

Commemorated at CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 7118

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 9.


Memorial details

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