The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


BISSETT, William Davidson

1/6th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Victoria Cross awarded 25 October 1918


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


The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross
"for valour"

Name BISSETT, William Davidson
Rank Major
Service 1/6th Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Theatre where VC won Maing, France, 25 October 1918
Recorded in London Gazzette 6 January 1919
Place & Date of Birth St Martins, Perthshire, Scotland, 7 August 1893
Place & Date of Death Wrexham, England, 12 May 1971
Burial Ground Aldershot Military Cemetery (headstone),
Pentyrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham, England
Current Location of VC Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle

Scene of Action

On 25 October 1918 east of Maing, France, Lieutenant Bissett was commanding a platoon, but owing to casualties, took command of the company and handled it with great skill when an enemy counter-attack turned his left flank.

Realising the danger, he withdrew to the railway, but the enemy continued to advance and when the ammunition was exhausted Lieutenant Bissett mounted the railway embankment under heavy fire.

Calling for a bayonet charge, he drove back the enemy inflicting heavy losses, and again charged forward, establishing the line and saving a critical situation.


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