The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'

ANDERSON, John Thompson McKellar DSO, TD

8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Victoria Cross awarded 23 April 1943

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

The Victoria Cross
"for valour"
Name ANDERSON, John Thompson McKellar DSO, TD
Rank Major
Service 8th Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Theatre where VC won Longstop Hill, Tunisia, 23 April 1943
Recorded in London Gazzette 29 June 1943
Place & Date of Birth Hampstead, London, England, 12 January 1918
Place & Date of Death Termoli, Italy, 5 October 1943, killed in action
Burial Ground Sangro River War Cemetery, Province of Chieti, Italy
Current Location of VC Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle

Scene of Action:

On 23 April 1943 at Longstop Hill, Tunisia, Major Anderson assumed command of the battalion when his commanding officer was killed. He, himself, was wounded in the leg but went on and eventually achieved the military objective.

Although his battalion was reduced to about 44 officers and men, 200 prisoners were taken and he personally led successful attacks on several machine-gun posts and mortar emplacements.

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