Capt Eric Dougall VC MC
Capt Eric Dougall kept his guns in action all day throughout heavy concentrations of gas and high-explosive shell. When the infantry were driven back and occupied the near ridgeline, the Battery was 'Crested' and forced to 'Cease Fire.' Instead of deploying his Battery further back, Capt Eric Dougall redeployed his guns forward amongst the supported infantry and also reinforced them with the Battery's Lewis Gun teams. Although exposed to both rifle and machine gun fire, Capt Eric Dougall strode around the new position fearlessly encouraging both Gunners and infantrymen alike with the assurance, "So long as you stick to your trenches I will keep my guns here!" This outpost delayed the enemy's advance for over twelve hours. In the evening, having expended all their ammunition, the Battery withdrew by manhandling the guns over a distance of about 700 metres of shell-cratered country swept by intense machine gun fire. Sadly, Eric Dougall was killed in action in command of this Battery four days later.
Rank/Regt: A Battery, 86 Brigade RFA