George Findlay

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George Findlay
Born20 August 1889
Balloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Died26 June 1967 (aged 77)
Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Kilmaranock Churchyard, near Gartocharn
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
UnitRoyal Engineers
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsVictoria Cross
Military Cross and Bar
Other workDeputy Lieutenant

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC MC & Bar (20 August 1889 – 26 June 1967) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Findlay was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in January 1910. He was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry at the Battle of Passchendale after which he took command of 409 (Lowland) Field Company, a territorial company in June 1917.

VC details[edit]

He was 29 years old, and an acting major in the 409 (Lowland) Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place during the second battle of Sambre for which he was awarded the VC.

On 4 November 1918 during the forcing of the Sambre-Oise Canal at the lock south of Catillon, France, Major Findlay was with the leading bridging and assaulting parties which came under heavy fire and the advance was stopped. Nevertheless, he collected what men he could and repaired the bridge, under incessant fire. Although wounded he continued with his task and after two unsuccessful efforts managed to place the bridge in position across the lock and was the first man across, remaining at this dangerous post until further work was completed. The family story goes that the reason Major Findlay crossed safely was because he was a slow runner. The Germans overcompensated their aim and thus missed him as he led his men across the bridge.[1]

Further information[edit]

Findlay was educated at St Ninian's Prep School, Moffat and Harrow School.

He later achieved the rank of Colonel and served in World War II. He became Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Dumbarton in 1957.

Findlay is buried at Kilmarnock Churchyard, near Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland in his family plot.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham, Kent.


  1. ^ "No. 31340". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 May 1919. p. 6083.

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