WON DISTINCTION AT HOOGE. FOREMOST AMONG THE BOMBS.
There seems now little doubt that the highest honour and distinction in the service has been won by Private Archibald McKendrick, a member the Bomb-Throwing Company of the 1st Gordon Highlanders.
Prior to his enlistment. Private McKendrick was postman attached to the Burnbank staff the Hamilton Post Office. Mr A. Whitehouse, the postmaster at Burnbank, has been interesting himself to secure verification of the heroism of his letter-carrier, and the advices which are to hand appear to completely remove all uncertainty.
There has been a sheaf of letters from McKendrick’s companions in arms, all of which state that the coveted V.C has been won by “Archie,” as is familiarly termed. The most convincing communication of the lot is from Private John Watt, C Company, 12th Platoon, 1st Gordon Highlanders, to the postmaster at Burnbank.
Private Watt states that McKendrick is in the hospital, but now, happily, out of danger. This disposes of the rumour that Hamilton’s gallant postman had crossed the Bourne from which no traveller returns as the result his heroic act.
McKendrick, it would seem, distinguished himself on the night of July 19 at Hooge, near Ypres. Many of the 1st Gordons covered themselves with glory in this engagement, for Private Watt mentions the names of others who are deserving of recognition.
“The officer in command of the bomb throwing company was Lieut. T. Barrie Erskine, whose death has been officially announced. McKendriek was foremost among the bombers, and went gallantly forward, although suffering intense pain from a wound caused a bomb bursting in his hand.
There is nothing surer,” observes Pte. Watt in his letter, than that Archie McKendrick is marked out for the V.C. was in the van on that memorable night.
“Private McKendrick enlisted with the colours soon after the commencement of hostilities, and he left for France January 2. His father resides in the Bent district of Hamilton.