The Great War

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On the 13th September, 1914, the British had forced the passage of the Aisne. The following morning a general advance was begun, but our men soon came under heavy shell and machine gun fire, and Captain Matheson of the Cameron Highlanders, fell severely wounded. Private Tollerton lifted the wounded officer on his back and carried him to an adjoining cornfield, where he laid him down under cover of a small cornstack. After rejoining his comrades he was hit in both his right hand and right temple, but nevertheless, when they received orders to retire he went back to the wounded officer and remained with him for three days until an opportunity occurred for them both to rejoin the regiment. Private Tollerton received the V.C.