McAulay – Sergeant John Ian

27 December 1888- 14 January 1956:-

John was born in Kinghorn, Fife and followed his father into the mines, before joining the Northern Police Force in 1911. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in 1914.

On 27th November 1917 at Fontaine Notre Dame, France, when all his officers had become casualties, McAuley assumed command of the company and under shell and machine-gun fire successfully held and consolidated the objectives gained. He reorganised the company and noticing a counter-attack developing, repulsed it by the skilful and bold use of machine-guns, causing heavy enemy casualties. The sergeant also carried his company commander, who was mortally wounded, to a place of safety.

After the war, he resumed his career with the Glasgow Police service, where he reached the rank of Inspector.

His medal is held at the Scots Guards Regimental Headquarters, London.

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