Pollokshields Heritage History

        CSM John Kendrick Skinner, VC, DCM, King's Own Scottish Borderers.

Presentation of VC by King George V

 Being Presented with medal

King George V and John Skinner



Extract from the Supplement to the London Gazette, 14 September , 1917. 9533

"No. 6895 Sjt. (Actg. C.S/M) John Skinner, K.O. Scot. Bord. (Pollokshields, Glasgow)

For most Conspicuous bravery and good leading.

Whilst his company was attacking, machine gun fire opened on the left flank, delaying the advance. Although C.S/M. Skinner was wounded in the head, he collected six men, and with great courage and determination worked round the left flank of three blockhouses from which the machine gun fire was coming, and succeeded in bombing and taking the first blockhouse single-handed; then, leading his six men towards the other two blockhouses, he skilfully cleared them, taking sixty prisoners, three machine guns, and two trench mortars. The dash and gallantry displayed by this warrant officer enabled the objective to be reached and consolidated."