Posted 10 April 2007 - 03:13 pm
Private. Royal Scots. *
London Gazetted 15th November, 1918.
Born 21st June 1890 at Linwood, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Killed in action on 2nd September, 1918.
Memorial on grave at Vraucourt Copse Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
For acting with most conspicuous bravery and devotion whilst employed as a runner on 23rd August 1918, to the east of Courcelles-de-Comte, France. He carried messages regardless of his own safety. He followed an enemy scout into a machine-gun post, and single-handed, having killed six of the garrison, captured 20 more prisoners along with two machine guns. This action enabled the company to further advance unimpeded. At a later time, at great personal risk, he succeeded in stopping the deadly fire from a British tank which had been incorrectly directed at very close range. This very gallant action, without doubt, saved many unnecessary British soldiers from death.
* Lothian Regiment.
Additional information: Private McIver was awarded the Military Medal (MM) Gazetted on 19th September, 1916, followed by a Bar to the Military Medal, Gazetted on 21st October 1918.
He was the son of Hugh and Mary (née Flynn) MacIver. Educated at St Charle's Roman Catholic School, Newton, Lanarkshire. He joined the army on 18th August 1914, serving in the European War (WWI) in France with the 2nd Royal Scots from 11th May 1915 to 19th October 1917 and from 12th February, 1918 until he was killed in action on 2nd September 1918. He was not married.