INDENTAlbert Medal, London Gazette 15.10.1918. Private James McLaughlan, 1/5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, attached 157th Light Trench Mortar Battery.
On the 2nd August, 1918, Private McLaughlin, in the course of his duty, was examining a Stokes mortar shell in a gunpit in which there were nine other men and about 150 Stokes shells, when the striker of the shell gave way and ignited the fuse, timed to explode in thirteen seconds. McLaughlin warned the others, and taking the shell with him, ran from the pit by the narrow rear exit and along a sap which he had difficulty in reaching, as the ground was slippery. It was necessary to traverse this sap for some distance to ensure that the inevitable explosion did not effect the men or the shells in the gunpit. The shell exploded as McLaughlin was throwing it clear and blew off his hand. His action undoubtedly saved the lives of all the men in the gunpit.