Kenneth Muir

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Kenneth Muir VC (6 March 1912 - 23 September 1950) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Details

He was 38 years old, and a major in the 1st battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), British Army during the Korean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 23 September 1950 near Songju, Korea, there was difficulty in evacuating the wounded after a position had been captured, until Major Muir arrived with a stretcher party. When the enemy started to launch a series of attacks on the positions, the major took over command and after a direct hit from a fire bomb, causing further casualties, he led a counter-attack and the crest of the position was regained. He was determined to hold it until all the wounded had been evacuated and moved about his small force shouting encouragement and firing a 2-in. mortar himself until he was mortally wounded.

Further information

Grave/memorial at Name on father's headstone, St. Peter's Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey, England. Buried United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum "(Stirling Castle, Scotland)".

References

*The Last Eleven? (Mark Adkin, 1991)
*Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
*The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)

External links

* [http://www.britains-smallwars.com/korea/Muirvc.html Major Kenneth Muir (50980)] "(detailed action account)"
* [http://www.hwy56.com/warlinks/memories/barker/ash.htm History of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders]


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