An extract from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette dated 14th Sept., 1917, recording the award of V.C., reads-
"For most conspicuous bravery and good leading.
Whilst his company was attacking, machine gun fire opened on the left flank, delaying the advance.
Although C.S.M. Skinner was wounded in the head, he collected six men, and with great courage and determination worked round the left flank of three blockhouses from which the machine gun fire was coming, and succeeded in bombing and taking the first blockhouse single-handed; then, leading his six men towards the other two blockhouses, he skilfully cleared them, taking sixty prisoners, three machine guns, and two trench mortars. The dash and gallantry displayed by this warrant officer enabled the objective to be reached and consolidated."
22 october 1899
17 march 1918
Enlisted and served during the South African Campaign 1899-1902 for which he received theQgeen's medal with five clasps and the King's medal with two clasps.
Proceeded to France
Fought at Mons , being one of the few who remained to take part in the strenuous combat at Bethune
Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal ( London Gazette October 1914)
'For dangerous reconnoitring after a heavy engagement in a wood'.
The French Government granted him the Croix de Guerre with Star for the same act as that for which he was awarded the V.C.
Was wounded seven times
Killed in action at Passchendaele
His Commanding Officer wrote :
' His loss to the battalion and to the Division is very great, and I personally have never met anyone who carried out his duties with greater cheerfulness and pluck.
He was an example of bravery to all ranks and admired by everyone '
He was Mentioned in Depatches on three occasions by the Officer Commanding for gallant and distinguished service in the field.
Allan Glen's School , Glasgow