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WWI DSO group of four to Capt. Loch, Highland Light Inf 

Distinguished Service Order (Geo V); 1914/15 Star (Lieut E.E. Loch, High L.I.); WWI Pair (Capt E.E. Loch (Capt E.E. Loch): Eric Erskine Loch (1881-1944) Royal Military College -Sandhurst. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant -The Highland Light Infantry 5th October, 1910. Promoted to Lieutenant 11th may 1913. On the 29th April 1914 he was seconded for service under the Colonial Office to be attached to the Nigerian Regiment and was stationed at Lokoja. When the European War 1914-1918 broke out, he took part in the Cameroons campaign and was in the attack on Garua, at which time he was wounded. For his conduct there he was awarded the DSO. The following appeared in Brigade Orders, Nigerian Regiment, Kaduna, dated the 24th September, 1919. "It is notified for information that the Distinguished Service Order has been awarded to Captain E.E. Loch, The Highland Light Infantry (late 2nd Battalion Nigerian Regiment), for gallantry under the following circumstances:" Most conspicuous gallantry in action, during the night operations against Garua on the night 29th-30th August, 1914. On the morning of the 30th August, during the withdrawal Lieutenant and Adjutant Browne was wounded and unable to move. Lieutenant (now Captain) Loch, though himself wounded, went immediately to his assistance and carried him out of action on his back under an extremely heavy fire. (Authority W.O. Letter. No. 012/3985 (M.S. 3) dated 7.8.19). Captain Loch was later invalided home and appointed to be Adjutant to the Highland Brigade at Norwich. After the war was over he left the Army to take up an adventurous life, which included exploring and gold-prospecting in South America. He died in January 1944 of a tropical disease and is buried at Huigra in Ecuador.


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