The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


GRAHAM, Sir John Reginald Noble

9th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Victoria Cross awarded 22 April 1917


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


The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross
"for valour"

Name GRAHAM, Sir John Reginald Noble
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service 9th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
attached to 136th Coy Machine Gun Corps
Theatre where VC won Istabulat, Mesopotamia, 22 April 1917
Recorded in London Gazzette 14 September 1917
Place & Date of Birth Calcutta, India, 17 September 1892
Place & Date of Death Edinburgh, 6 December 1980
Burial Ground Morton Hall Crematorium, Edinburgh
Current Location of VC Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle

Scene of Action

On 22 April 1917 at Istabulat, Mesopotamia, Lieutenant Graham was in command of a machine-gun section which came under very heavy fire. When his men became casualties he insisted on carrying the ammunition and although twice wounded, he continued in control and with one gun, opened accurate fire on the enemy.

This gun was put out of action and he was again wounded and forced to retire. Before doing so he disabled his gun and then brought a Lewis gun into action with excellent effect until all the ammunition was expended. He was wounded yet again and was again forced to retire.


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