A FIRST WORLD WAR VICTORIA CROSS MEDAL GROUP HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM A VEHICLE IN EDINBURGH.
23 August 2015


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Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Colonel Walter Brodie,
2nd Bn, Highland Light Infantry

  • Victoria Cross
  • Military Cross
  • 1914 Star + clasp "5th Aug - 22nd Nov 1914"
  • British War Medal ( 1914 - 20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914 - 19 ) + MiD Oakleaf

It has been reported that a First World War Victoria Cross medal group has been stolen from a parked car in Bridge Road, outside the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Colinton Village, Edinburgh. The theft is thought to have taken place between Monday, 27 July and Wednesday, 29 July 2015, although the VC group was only reported missing to the police on 16 August 2015.

Current media reports on the theft describe the composition of the VC group but not the recipient.

After research by this website the stolen Victoria Cross medal group matches exactly the awards issued to Lieutenant Colonel Walter Brodie, 2nd Bn, Highland Light Infantry, but this has not yet been verified.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 12 December 1914 ], Becelaere, Belgium, 11 November 1914, Captain Walter Lorrain Brodie, 2nd Bn, Highland Light Infantry.

For conspicuous gallantry near Becelaere on the 11th November 1914, in clearing the enemy out of a portion of our trenches which they had succeeded in occupying. Heading the charge, he bayonetted several of the enemy, and thereby relieved a dangerous situation. As a result of Lieutenant Brodie's promptitude, 80 of the enemy were killed, and 51 taken prisoner.


For the award of the Military Cross

[ London Gazette, 1 January 1917 ], Ancre, France, Captain Walter Lorrain Brodie VC, Highland Light Infantry.

No citation


Lieutenant Colonel Walter Brodie VC MC died in action on the 23 August 1918 at Behagnies, France, and was buried in the Beinvillers Military Cemetery.

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Iain Stewart, 23 August 2015