The Gordons

Private Edward Lawson VC

The bravery shown by all the soldiers who fought at Dargai on the 20th Oct 1897 would have made it hard for the Generals to single out only a few for the award of the Victoria Cross but the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, for all their death-defying effort, won only two VCs; Piper Findlater and Private Lawson.

When Lieutenant Dingwall fell wounded in the assault on the Heights, Lawson ran to him and carried him to a place of safety. He turned back to continue the attack but was hit twice. He then found Private Macmillan who was more severely wounded, and brought him to safety.

He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 11th April 1873 and died on 2nd July 1955. The photo shows him in the dress uniform of the Gordon Highlanders with a Lance-Corporal stripe. He is wearing the VC, probably soon after he was presented with it by the Queen in May 1898.

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