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George Findlater
16 February 1872 – 4 March 1942
George Findlater Wearing VC.gif
Place of birth Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Place of death Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Resting place Forglen Cemetery, Near Turriff
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Pipe Major
Unit The Gordon Highlanders
Battles/wars Chitral Expedition
Tirah Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross

George Findlater VC (16 February 1872, Mill of Turriff, Aberdeenshire – 4 March 1942, Turriff, Aberdeenshire) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



He was 25 years old, and a Piper in the 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army during the Tirah Campaign which took place in the North-West Frontier Province of British India.

On 20 October 1897 during the attack on the Dargai Heights, Tirah, Piper Findlater, after being shot through both feet and unable to stand, propped himself against a boulder and went on playing the regimental march under heavy fire, to encourage the advance.

Whilst it is officially recorded that he played the regimental march - Cock o'the North - during the advance, this is often disputed. Findlater himself later commented that he was not sure what to play, and chose a strathspey, Haughs of Cromdale, as more fitting to the pace of the advance - a charge, not a march.

Further information

He later achieved the position of Pipe-Major.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum (Aberdeen, Scotland).


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