CorporalMcPHIE, JAMES

Service Number 422047

Died 14/10/1918

Aged 24

416th (Edinburgh) Field Coy.
Royal Engineers

V C

Son of Allan and Elizabeth McPhie, of 112, Rose St., Edinburgh.

Inscription

TILL THE DAY DAWNS

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31155, dated 28th Jan., 1919, records the following

" For most conspiuous bravery on the 14th October, 1918, when with a party of sappers maintaining a cork float bridge across the Canal de la Sensee near Aubencheul-au-Bac. The further end of the bridge was under close machine gun fire and within reach of hand grenades. When Infantry just before dawn were crossing it, clossing up resulted and the bridge began to sink and break. Accompanied by a sapper, he jumped into the water and endeavoured to hold the cork and timbers together, but this they failed to do. Cpl. McPhie then swam back, and, having reported the broken bridge, immediately started to collect material for repair. It was now daylight. Fully aware that the bridge was under close fire and that the far bank was almost entirely in the hands of the enemy, with the inspiring words "

It is death or glory work which must be done for the sake of our patrol on the other side," he led the way, axe in hand, on to the bridge and was at once severely wounded, falling partly into the water, and died after receiving several further wounds. It was due to the magnificant example set by Cpl. McPhie that touch was maintained with the patrol on the enemy bank at a most critical period."

Buried at NAVES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 320

Cemetery/memorial reference: II. E. 4.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.
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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.