The Great War

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On October 31st, 1914 the most crucial day in the first battle of Ypres, the London Scottish were ordered to support the 6th Dragoon Guards near Messines. They were heavily shelled by the enemy while advancing and many were wounded. but Private James Meston, of the 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers), bravery ran and dressed the wounded at great personal risk, afterwards carrying and dragging them into shelter. Subsquently, when the Carabiniers were obiliged to fall back to a ditch, meston remained and assisted the wounded almost to the last. As the enemy advanced after occupying the trench, they were preceded by a line of men in kilts, who called out "don't Fire! we are Scottish!" But recognising that they were Germans , Meston called to his Comrades to fire, and then ran towards the trench and bayoneted or shot five of the enemy. For his gallantry, Meston was awarded the D.C.M.