Private gets Military Medal for bravery


By The Newsroom
Sunday, 23rd July 2017, 2:36 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:12 pm
Private Neil
Private Neil

In the list of honours announced in July 1917, was the name Private Andrew Neil from Mochrum.

Private Neil had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery after his officer was severely wounded during an attack on Messines Ridge.

With commendable coolness, Private Neil bound up his wounds under hot fire and carried him to a place of safety, saving his life. He was injured himself while undertaking this act of bravery and was in hospital for a month, but did recover.

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Private Neil was the youngest son of William Neil, a joiner in Mochrum, and before the war he worked as an assistant to Mr Cook, a grocer in Port William.

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