Lt Col Henry Francis Dundas Stirling


STIRLING_HENRY_FRANCIS_DUNDASLt Col. Henry Francis Dundas Stirling MC, Major (Temporary Lieut.-Col), 59th Scinde Rifles, The Indian Army, yst. Son of the late Lieut. Col. John Stirling, Stirling, of Gargunnock. co Stirling, R.H.A. by his wife, Henrietta Charlotte, dau of John Buchanan Kincaird of Carbeth; b Gargunnock House, co. Stirling 17 July 1883; educ. King William’s College, Isle of Man, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut., Wiltshire Regt. 22 Oct 1902; promoted Lieut. in the East Yorkshire Regt. 8 March 1905; transferred to the Indian Army 20 Oct. 1906; promoted Captain 22 Oct 19011 : Major June, 1916, and temporary Lieut.-Col. the following Nov. : served on the North-West Frontier of India 1908, taking part in the operations in the Zakka Khel Country (Medal with clasps) : also with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July, 1915 : was severely wounded in Oct. and invalided home; proceeded to Mesopotamia in Feb 1916, and was killed in action during the attack on the Mohamed Abdul Hasan trenches north-east of Kut, 9 Jan 1917. Buried in a little cemetery called Pentagon, made by the British.

Stirling, HFD photo


A brother officer wrote : “He was organizing an attack when he was hit, right up in the front where he always was – with true courage that helped everyone when they were near him. We have lost just the true ideal of what a British officer should be, and the regiment will never forget him.” He was twice mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette, 12 Oct. 1916), by General Sir Percy Lake, and (London Gazette, 16 Aug. 1917) by Field.-General Sir Stanley Maude, for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette, 22 Dec. 1916), “For having held out against great odds, being cut off from the main regiment, while operating against the Turks.” unmarried

(From De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1921)