THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL WALTER BRODIE, HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY, HAS BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL WAR MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND.
22 December 2018


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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

  • ( image not the original Brodie VC group )


The National War Museum of Scotland, located within Edinburgh Castle, has acquired on loan the Victoria Cross, Military Cross, medal group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Walter Brodie, 2nd Bn, Highland Light Infantry.

It was reported in August 2015 that a First World War Victoria Cross group of medals had 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.

It was initially thought the theft of the Victoria Cross was the group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Walter Brodie. However, this was not the case.


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, 22 December 2018