World War One Remembered: George Fernie

Posted: 16/09/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

George Fernie served in the 11th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment during World War One. He was awarded the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal during the Arras and Passchendaele campaigns in 1917.

Scottish War Blinded. World War One Remembered ProjectOfficial military reports:

 The Battle of Arras: April 23 April 1917

“Private George Fernie with a Lewis gun put out of action a German machine-gun, and also fired with telling effect on clusters of the enemy on the south side of the Scarpe.”

The Battle of Passchendaele: 20-22 September 1917

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He (George Fernie) assumed command of his platoon, led it to the final objective, collected men of other platoons, and consolidated his position. Though wounded he remained at duty till relieved.”

Promoted to Sergeant, George Fernie was killed in action on 29 September 1918 at Dadizeele during the Flanders Advance campaign.