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A Good Ypres Military Cross, Second World War Home Guard M.B.E.  Captain Black Watch, (Twice wounded and MID) Major, Perthshire home guard group.

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A Good Ypres Military Cross, Second World War Home Guard M.B.E.  Captain Black Watch, (Twice wounded and MID) Major, Perthshire home guard group.

M.B.E. (2nd type Military); Military Cross (Geo V) ; British War and Victory medals, (M.I.D. oak leaf on Victory)  Capt J. C. Mc Intyre; Defence medal.

Group mounted in a modern frame.

Captain McIntyre’s MIC confirms his entitlement to a pair only, serving with the Royal Highlanders.

Military Cross, London Gazette 18th October 1917 whilst serving in the 4 / 5th Battalion Royal Highlanders T.F.

Citation in London Gazette 7th March 1918:

“2nd Lt John Charles McIntyre, R. Highrs.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He led his company in the attack with great skill under heavy fire, captured his objective, and repulsed two enemy counter attacks.  His company were exposed to heavy machine-gun fire throughout, but he moved about regardless of his personal safety, inspiring the men with confidence.”

Mentioned in dispatches, London Gazette 25th May 1917

M.B.E London Gazette 15th December 1944.

Also announced in the Perthshire Advertiser, 20th December 1944.

“The M.B.E has been awarded to two Perthshire officers of the Home Guard, Major E.H. Robinson, 2nd Tay Battalion, and Major J.C. M’Intyre, 3rd Tay Battalion..

Our Auchterarder correspondent writes:- The announcement of the award of the M.B.E. to Major J.C. M’Intyre, M.C. has been received with much satisfaction in Auchterarader, particularly amongst  local members of the 3rdPerthshire Batt, Home Guard, of which he is second in command.

Major M’Intyre, who served with the Black Watch in the last war was one of the first to join the L.D.V., and he commanded the Auchterarder company in the early days.  On being appointed second in command of the battalion, he became responsible for its training and it was largely due to his zeal and enthusiasm that the battalion reached that high standard of efficiency, which has been favorably commented upon by those in authority.

He devised several interesting exercises , the most outstandingly successful being the attack on Crieff in 1941.

Major M’Intyre is well known in business and agricultural circles throughout Central Scotland as director of Scottish Agricultural Industries. He is a keen sportsman and captain of Auchterarder golf club.”

John Charles McIntyre was born on the 21st March 1894 in Auchterarader, Perthshire The son of James Eagle McIntyre, butcher and Elizabeth Burrar McIntyre, maiden name Louden.  John McIntyre was educated at Perth Academy.

Enlisted 11th September 1914 into the 3rd Scottish Horse Yeomanry, joining the 2/3rd Battalion of the regiment.

On the 18th October 1915 he applied for a commission in the 2 / 4th Black Watch, being appointed shortly afterwards.

2nd Lieut McIntyre proceeded to France in June 1916 and joined the 4/5th  Black Watch on the 9th August 1916, the battalion was part of 118th Brigade, 39th Division.  Following the action on the 3rd September 1916 on the Somme, the officers were re-distributed which McIntyre being listed with A company.  During the action at Schwaben redoubt on the 14th October 1916, D, C, and B Coys of the 4/5th Black Watch made the attack, with A Coy being in close support in dugouts about the head of Bulgar Trench.  Later that day:

“At 6-20pm an Officers patrol under 2/Lieut McIntyre from A coy was sent to point 27 to find out the exact situation there.  This patrol returned at 7-10pm and reported that point 27 and at least half way to point 99 was in our hands, and being consolidated… The Officer (2/Lieut McIntyre has seen Lieut Law, who stated that at some period he had seen our men digging in, in front of the wire between ponts 69 and 99, but it was not clear on which side of the wire?”

On 10th November 1916 John McIntyre was wounded in action in the Somme sector, apparently one of the random daily casualties on the western front.  Terefore, he was not present with the battalion for the attack at the Battle of the Ancre on the 13th-14th November,  Second Lieutenant McIntyre re-joined the 4/5th Black Watch from hospital on the 12th December 1916 and went on to be mentioned in dispatches London Gazette 25th May 1917.

He went on to greatly distinguish himself at the third battle of Ypres on the 31st July 1917.  He led A coy of the 4/5th Black Watch into the attack and remained in action until 2nd August 1917.

The commanding officer of the battalion Lt Col Sceales, D.S.O. was moved to praise the “fine work done” by all four company commanders, He went on to recommend the three who had come through unwounded, including 2/Lieut McIntyre for the award of the Distinguished Service Order.   However McIntyre received a well deserved Military Cross instead.

He remained with the battalion, though he did not take part in the subsequent operations of the 4/5th Black Watch on the 26-27th September 1917.  By March 1918 McIntyre was an acting Captain in the 4/5th Black Watch.  His battalion and the whole division were in the sector to the East of the old Somme battlefield when the German offensive opened on the 21st March 1918.

Over the next week or so they carried out a fighting retreat as German troops pressed relentlessly westwards.  By the 26th March the 4/5th had lost so many men that it was being run as two companies, with A & B coys under Captain McIntyre, “on that day he was in command of the front line with instructions to hold it but, if the troops on the immediate right and left withdrew, he would have to conform to their movements”

Then on the 27th March 1918 and in the area of Proyart and Harbonnieres:

The enemy started to advance on the 117th Inf Bde and  (on the 4/5th Black Watch) The 117th Bde gave way first and after fighting very gallantly till the enemy was within 100 yards of his position Capt McIntyre seeing there was no-one on his left ordered his line to retire.

On the following day, 28th March 1918, Capt McIntyre was wounded in action.  This probably occurred during a successful counter attack against a ridge held by the enemy near Cayeux-en-Santerre.

Thereafter, John McIntyre was evacuated to the UK and remained on home service for the rest of the war.  With effect from 9th February 1919, acting Capt McIntyre was disembodied from the Territorial Force.

At some point following hs war service he married Henrietta Mary Mitchell.  He settled in Auchterarder and became  “well known in business and agricultural circles throughout Central Scotland.

In 1939 and with another war looming he got around to applying for his Great War service medals.  These along with his emblems were issued in July of that year and sent to his home at “Beneira”.

His devoted service was recognized by the award of the M.B.E. (Military) in December 1944.

He later lived at 187 Braid Road, Edinburgh.

He died at home on the 10th September 1965 aged 71 years.

Auchterarader roll of honour details an outline of his  WW1 service:

Enlisted 9th September 1914

Home service 9th September 1914 to June 1916

France  June 1916 to April 1918

Home service April 1918 to February 1919

Wounded

MID May 1917

Awarded Military Cross September 1917

 Included with the medals are the following original documents and a good set of copied research.

Commission Certificate as 2nd Lieut

Protection Certificate (Officer) dated 8th February 1919

MID certificate dated 1st March 1919

Registered envelope to him at Beneira, with envelope containing small MID oakleaves, instructions for wearing.

Certificate of appointment as MBE (Mil) dated 15th December 1944

Condition – medals generally  GVF