Hugh     Burns  DCM MM likeness

Company Sergeant Major Hugh Burns DCM MM

1st Battalion Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles )
Service No: 8778

Hugh     Burns  DCM MM grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Mrs Mary McDonald of 76 Buchanan St, Coatbridge. Husband of Mrs Burns of 46 Abercorn St, Glasgow

Born / Resided

Ennis, Co. Clare / 46 Abercorn St, Glasgow


Killed in Action 12/04/1918


Hamilton 1914


Regular soldier. Previously employed in the British Tube Works



Buried / Remembered

Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave. The memorial serves the area from the line Caestre-Dranoutre-Warneton to the north, to Haverskerque-Estaires-Fournes to the south, including the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood. Most of those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to the south. Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere.

Additional Information

Hugh was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The citation is dated 13/02/1917 and states - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout the campaign and has at all times under fire set a splendid example. On one occasion he held an isolated trench with a few men under intense fire. Hughs 3 half brothers served. Bernard and Peter McDonald were both Killed in Action (see index for both men). The third Henry McDonald was lying in hospital in East Africa at the time of Hughs death. Also remembered on the St Augustines Church Roll of Honour (see photo). See photos for Hughs name on the Ploegsteert Memorial

  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  newspaper clipping  newspaper clipping  additional photo

Creative Commons License

We have made this information and the images available under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement: ©


There are no comments yet for Company Sergeant Major Hugh Burns DCM MM. Be the first to leave one.

Do you have any information about or memories of Company Sergeant Major Hugh Burns DCM MM that you would like to share?

Or even if you would just like to leave a message to say you've been here, please leave a comment below.

*Please note that all comments are verified by a moderator before appearing on the site. All fields are required except links to photos.