Captain Vaughan

This contemporary illustration depicts Captain Vaughan and his men in their perilous situation, surrounded by attacking Germans. Eugene Vaughan of Blackladies Brewood, Staffordshire joined the Grenadiers on 7 May 1898, promoted to lieutenant on 24 Nov 1899, and to captain on 23 Jan 1905. Captain Vaughan is mentioned in Col Frederick Ponsonby's history as having served in four battalions of the Grenadiers. In 1914 he was the adjutant of the Reserve Battalion in the UK, with the rank of captain. On 25 Oct 1915 he joined the 3rd Bn in France. In Jan and March 1916 he is listed as a captain in command of 4 Company, 3rd Bn, but in May he is listed as a major, second-in-command of the 2nd Bn. However, at the Somme, in Sep 1916, when he led his men in their heroic defence, he was a captain in command of no.3 Company, 1st Bn. The last mention of him is as a major, second-in-command of the 1st Bn in Jan 1917. The next list of officers shows Viscount Lascelles as 2ic 1st Bn, and no mention of Major Vaughan. In 1925 he is mentioned in a legal document as a retired major.

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