MALCOLM, PULTENEY Captain
Commanding the King's Company, 1st Bn.
Only child of Lt. Col. P. Malcolm, M.V.O., D.S.O.,Chief Constable of Cheshire and Mrs. Emily Malcolm; grandson of General Sir G. Malcolm, G.C.B. (who was nephew to the three "Knights of Eskdale," as the Duke of Wellington called them). Belonged to the Dumfriesshire (Eskdale) branch of the Malcolm family. Educated Summerfields (Oxford), Eton College (K.S.) and Oxford (Exhibitioner, C.C.C.). Joined King's Own Scottish Borderers in Aug., 1914, transf. to Grenadier Guards 1915. Was three times wounded. Was for a time Adjt. of Household Bn. at Windsor, and served with this Bn. on the Somme.
Captain Malcolm was away when orders came to attack but by riding and walking all night he reached his battalion just in time to lead the King's Company's advance to Mory Switch Trench, in thick mist, at 4.30 am on 25 August 1918. As the mist lifted exposing the attackers, their supporting tank was put out of action and the Grenadiers were hit by very severe fire from Bank's Trench. Captain Malcolm was killed leading his company forward from Mory Switch.
Malcolm and the twelve other casualties were buried in a row by the Germans near where they fell in the sunken road at l'Homme Mort. After the War, his distressed parents did their best to have Captain Malcolm's body brought back to the family home in Scotland. When this failed they tried to buy the land and fought every move for the graves to be taken to the proposed British cemetery near by. The landowner had agreed to the graves staying where they were and eventually a compromise was reached. The British cemetery was built around the thirteen graves at l'Homme Mort instead and the site originally designated was abandoned.
Permanent headstones were erected in 1926 by which time the posts and ropes and stone imagery of the Malcolm grave were deteriorating and were removed. But Captain Malcolm and his men still lie exactly where they were originally buried.
Captain, Grenadier Guards. Age: 24.