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 Glasgow's war hero        Sgt. James McKechnie VC

the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy
that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Sgt. James McKechnie   Scots (Fusilier) Guards


James Mckechnie VCJames McKechnie was born June 1826 in High Church, Paisley, Glasgow, Scotland.
His parents were Colin and Jane McKechnie (nee McGregor).  James married Elizabeth McLean.
He won his VC on 20 September 1854 when aged 28yrs at the Battle of the Alma & Sebastopol, Crimea in the Crimean War campaign

A sergeant in the Scots Fusilier Guards, British Army when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma, Crimea, when the shot and fire from the batteries just in front of the battalion threw it into momentary disorder, it was forced out of its formation, becoming something of a huge triangle, with one corner pointing towards the enemy. A captain was carrying the Queen's Colour which had the pole smashed and 20 bullet holes through the silk. Sergeant McKechnie held up his revolver and dashed forward, rallying the men round the Colours. He was wounded in the action.
Following the successful conclusion of the battle, three other officers and men of the Scots Fusilier Guards were awarded the Victoria Cross for their heroic actions during the day - Captain Robert Lindsay, Sergeant John Knox and Private William Reynolds.

VC Presented   26 June 1857 by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park, London, England.


Little is known of the post-military life of James McKechnie other than he died in Glasgow on 5th July 1886, aged sixty, and was buried in a pauper's grave in the city's Eastern Necropolis.... how sad.

.DIED   5 July 1886 Aged 60 
                    Buried at Eastern Necropolis, Glasgow
About eighty people gathered in Glasgow's Eastern Necropolis in on Wednesday, 11th April 2007, to witness the laying of a turfstone over the previously unmarked grave of Sergeant James McKechnie VC. The regimental padre of the Scots Guards led the dedication service and paid tribute to Sergeant McKechnie. Members of the Scots Guards Association Club, serving members of the regiment and representatives from the Royal British Legion Scotland also attended the ceremony.



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