The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


CAMPBELL, Lorne MacLaine DSO & Bar, OBE, TD

1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Victoria Cross awarded 6 April 1943


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


The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross
"for valour"

Name CAMPBELL, Lorne MacLaine
Rank Brigadier
Service Commander 7th Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Theatre where VC won Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, 6 April 1943
Recorded in London Gazzette 8 June 1943
Place & Date of Birth The Airds, Argyllshire, 22 July 1902
Place & Date of Death The Airds, Argyllshire, 25 May 1991,
Burial Ground Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh
Current Location of VC Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle

Scene of Action

On 6 April 1943 at Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, the battalion commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Campbell had to break through an enemy minefield and anti-tank ditch in order to form a bridgehead. The battalion formed up in darkness and then attacked at an angle. This difficult operation was successfully completed and at least 600 prisoners taken.

Next day the position was subjected to heavy and continuous bombardment and although the colonel was wounded, his personality dominated the battlefield. Under his inspiring leadership the attacks were repulsed and the bridgehead successfully held.


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