BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Roeux is a village about 8 kilometres east of Arras. Brown's Copse Cemetery is about one kilometre north-west of Roeux on the eastern outskirts of the neighbouring village of Fampoux. It is signposted from Fampoux village.
Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its
capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. It was attacked by the 9th
(Scottish) Division without success on 12 April. The chemical works close to
the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April
and after incessant fighting, the village was cleared by the same Division
on 14 May. The chemical works were lost again and retaken on 16 May. The
Germans re-entered the village at the end of March 1918, and it was finally
retaken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August.
Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh, VC, 3rd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action 11/04/1917, Plot II. C. 49.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and resolution in the face of intense machine gun fire. During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled he continued to lead his men and captured the trench. In the captured trench Lt. Mackintosh collected men of another company who had lost their leader, and drove back a counter-attack. He was again wounded, and although unable to stand, he continued, nevertheless, to control the situation. With only fifteen men left, he ordered his party to be ready to advance to the final objective, and with great difficulty got out of the trench and encouraged his men to advance. He was again wounded and fell. The gallantry and devotion to duty of this officer were beyond all praise."
Casualty Details: UK 1936, Canada 2 , South Africa 130, Total Burials: 2068