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on the Isle of Wight
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- Major S W Loudoun-Shand VC -


On the County War Memorial, St Nicholas Chapel, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight.


Major Loudoun-Shand's name appears on these memorials :

County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Freshwater War Memorial
'Stewart Loudoun-Shand does not appear to have lived permanently in Freshwater himself but did spend time there. In 1909 he is recorded as winning the mixed doubles at the Totland Avenue Lawn Tennis and Croquet Tournament (Isle of Wight County Press, 4th September). Several of his relatives lived or holidayed at Freshwater and Totland from before the war to at least 1925. Two of Stewart's sisters, Frances Shand and Alice Mahon, are recorded living at Freshwater Bay in 1911, while a daughter of his eldest brother, William, was born at Braemar, Freshwater Bay, in January 1916. A younger brother, Eric, a Scottish Rugby International, was very well known at Totland, where he was a regular visitor each summer before the war, and took a prominent part in sport, often playing for the Totland Cricket Club and competing in the regatta. Finally, his mother, Lucy, is recorded in the 1920 and 1925 Electoral Rolls as living at The Brambles, Freshwater.'

Major S W Loudoun-Shand - headstone in France
Photo courtesy of Terry Macdonald
(Victoria Cross website)

1ST JULY 1916 AGED 36

Further Information

On 1 July 1916 near Fricourt, France, when Major Loudoun-Shand's company attempted to climb over the parapet to attack the enemy's trenches, they were met by very fierce machine-gun fire which temporarily stopped their progress. The major immediately leapt on the parapet, helped the men over it and encouraged them in every way until he was mortally wounded. Even then, he insisted on being propped up in the trench and went on encouraging his men until he died.

CWGC record ...

Victoria Cross website ...

Caroline Dudley and Freshwater and Totland Archive Group, for further family research.


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