Wing Cdr Hugh Gordon Malcolm VC

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Reference WMO268393

Address:

Glenalmond College Cemetery

Back Avenue

Glenalmond, Perthshire

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Latin cross
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Leaded
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Latin cross on 4 stage base. Lettering faded on photo - see under Names tab. Not entirely clear where the cemetery is within the school grounds. The citation in the London Gazette of 28th April, 1943 gives the following details: On 17th November, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm was ordered to carry out with his light bomber squadron a low-level formation attack on Bizerta airfield. In spite of fierce opposition, all the squadron's bombs were dropped on the airfield. Two enemy machines were shot down and others damaged on the ground. On 28th November, 1942, he again led his squadron against Bizerta airfield and though it was heavily defended he successfully attacked it with bombs and machine-gun fire. On 4th December, 1942, Wing-Comdr. Malcolm, while giving close support to the First Army, received an urgent request to attack an enemy fighter airfield. The attack, made without fighter escort, was successful, but the squadron was intercepted by an overwhelming force of enemy fighters. Although Wing-Comdr. Malcolm fought back the aircraft in his formation were shot down one by one, in the end his own machine was shot down in flames. Throughout his service in command of a light bomber squadron in North Africa Wing-Comdr. Malcolm's leadership, skill and daring were of the highest order. His last exploit was the finest example of the valour and unswerving devotion to duty which he constantly displayed.
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Top Step-IN/PROUD AND HONOURED/MEMORY OF 2nd Step-WING COMMANDER/HUGH GORDON MALCOLM V.C. /GLENALMOND 1931 - 1935 3rd Step-WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION/IN NORTH AFRICA ON 4TH DECR. 1941/AND AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR/HIS GREAT GALLANTRY ON THAT DAY

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