McKue, Douglas

Date of birth:
1914
Service number:
3052736 (NCO)/418455 (Officer)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Douglas McKue enlisted into the Royal Scots Fusiliers as a Piper in 1936. Served with the 2nd. Battn. in Palestine in the rank of A/Piper. The Battalion embarked with the BEF in 1939 and fought a gallant rearguard action along the Ypres-Comines Canal. On 28 May 1940, as part of the Dunkirk perimeter, McKue found himself one of the lucky ones to be evacuated. He remained with the battalion after the war. After resigning his commisson he took up a post at Edinburgh Castle.

Promotions
29 July, 1951: Lieutenant (Quartermaster) - Royal Highland Fusiliers
13 February, 1955: Captain (Quartermaster) - Royal Highland Fusiliers
13 February, 1961: Major (Quartermaster) - Royal Highland Fusiliers
1 Secember, 1963: retirement

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Warrent Officer 2nd Class
Unit:
2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers
Awarded on:
January 24th, 1946
Action:
Citation:
"CSM McKue has served with the Battalion since it joined the BEF in 1939 and has seen action in France, Madagascar, Sicily, Italy and Germany. In the Anzio beachhead he has not only had charge of the gun positions, but used to come up with the carrying parties night after night bringing food and ammunition to the forward troops. During the advance on the Elbe when only two officers remained in the company Sergeant McKue controlled Company HQ. During the attack on Hohenzeethen he showed the utmost dash and initiative and contributed largely to the success of the operation. In addition he found time to organise the evacuation of the wounded and many POW's taken and to see to the replacement of of the considerable amount of ammunition expended. During the attack on Neu Dachau when the Company Commander was wounded and the other Officer was separated , CSM McKue found himself in chrge. He quickly and successfully consolidated in the town despite the darkness and the attacks of the enemy with mobile flak guns. He was able to assure the Commanding Officer when he arrived that the town would be held and instilled that determination into all the men around him. CSM McKue represents the finest type of Warrant Officer. As Platoon Sergeant in a Rifle Company, Anti-Tank Platoon, Sergeant and CSM in many varied actions he has proved a tower of strength to his officers and his own fine and fearless spirit has inspired his men to reach to the high standars he has always maintained."
Details:
WO 373/56/895
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Details:
With "PALESTINE" and "MALAYA" clasps.
General Service Medal 1918-1962
Details:
With "REGULAR ARMY" clasp.
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Army)

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