David Ross Lauder VC

Name: David Ross Lauder

Conflict: First World War

Gazetted: January 13, 1917

Service: Army

David Ross Lauder VC
Medal group

Place/date of birth: Easter Glentore, Airdrie, Scotland/January 31, 1894

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Private

Date of bravery: August 13, 1915

London Gazette citation:

For most conspicuous bravery when with a bombing party retaking a sap.
Pte. Lauder threw a bomb, which failed to clear the parapet and fell amongst the bombing party. There was no time to smother the bomb, and Pte. Lauder at once put his foot on it, thereby localising the explosion. His foot was blown off, but the remainder of the party through this act of sacrifice escaped unhurt.
Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Glasgow, Scotland/June 4, 1972

Grave/memorials: Ashes scattered in the Garden of Remembrance, Daldowie Crematorium, Glasgow

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2016

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum