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VC708   John Erskine

BORN   13 January 1894

DIED   14 April 1917   AGE   23

VC Won   22 June 1916   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Givenchy, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   John Erskine    No.   5476 (later 200476)   

VC Issue No.   708   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 5th Battalion, D Company


Now   Disbanded

Rank VC Won   Lance-Corporal, acting Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Park Avenue, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Place Of Death   Near Fontaine-les-Croisilles, Arras, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Location unknown, Pas de Calais, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Named on the Arras Memorial to the Missing (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   5 August 1916

VC Presented   2 June 1917 by King George V at Hyde Park, London, England to his mother, Elizabeth and sister Bessie


P  Named On Arras Memorial to the Missing (Bay 6), Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Named On Family Headstone, Cairneyhill, Fife, Scotland

P  Named On War Memorial, Cairneyhill,  Fife, Scotland

Named On War Memorial, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

By The Way…

The Erskine Memorial Medal is awarded each year by Dunfermline High School for excellence in the Arts and Sciences

VC Held By

Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Regimental Museum, Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland



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