Lt. Col. Docherty

Lieutenant Colonel M. Docherty
Lord Strathcona’s Horse

Docherty

We had 200 men, the Germans about 2,000. We had no artillery support, but the Huns had all kinds. But we stopped their counter-attack. Colonel Docherty fell a few feet from me, shot dead, clean through the head.

  (LdSH soldier’s letter, Winnipeg Tribune, 29 Dec 1917)

Born in Scotland on 1 May, 1877, Malcolm Docherty was a Boer War veteran, marksman and polo player in Winnipeg. A prewar sergeant in the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, he went to France as a lieutenant in May 1915. Six months later, he received a promotion to captain and the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry.

He replaced Lieutenant J.A. Colonel Hesketh in command of the LdSH on 28 September 1917. He was wounded for a third time in late November but stayed on duty. Just over a week later Docherty was killed in action at Cambrai on 1 December.

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