Murray, Edward David (Viscount Fincastle)


David ‘Dubbie’ Fincastle was the only son of Alexander Edward Murray VC, DSO, MVO, 8th Earl of Dunmore, who won his VC as a subaltern in the 16th Lancers in the Swat Valley in 1897. His mother, the Countess of Dunmore, was Lucinda Dorothea Murray, the daughter of Horace William Kemble, of Knock, Isle of Skye. When Fincastle was christened, King Edward VII stood sponsor for him.

After leaving school Fincastle went into business in London, but held a commission in 4th Battalion (Territorial) of the Cameron Highlanders, becoming a Company Commander in 1934.

On the outbreak of the Second World War, 4th Camerons were mobilized as part of 152 Brigade of 51st (Highland) Division – under Major-General V.M. Fortune CB, DSO (D1897-1901) – which was sent to the Saar for duty on the Maginot Line and was there when the German offensive began in May 1940.   4th Camerons went into action against the German army just south of the River Somme, near Abbeville, attacking Caubert and a wooded ridge called the “Hedgehog” on 2nd/3rd June, but ran into heavy machine-gun fire and were forced to fall back.  Dive-bombed by Junkers Ju 87 Stukas at Martainville and hopelessly outnumbered, with its flanks continually crumbling, the Highland Division fought a retreat of sixty miles in six days from the Somme to the little fishing port of St. Valery-en-Caux. It surrendered on 12th June, having run out of food, ammunition and all other supplies.

Fincastle lost his life in command of ‘B’ (Uist) Company of the Cameron Highlanders, whilst in action on June 4th 1940. Viscount Fincastle was thirty-two years old when he died, and rests in grave 13.F.25 of the London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval. He was posthumously mentioned in despatches in 1945.

 

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Fincastle, Viscount
  • Forenames or initials: Edward David Murray
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1921-1926
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 3rd April 1908
  • Date of Death: 4th June 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval: Grave 13.F.25