Bullets flew past the 20-year-old soldier as he stormed towards enemy machine gunners.
It was the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, a World War 1 campaign which would become infamous not only for the scale of casualties, but also for the mud.
But on that day Private George McIntosh’s bravery earned him a Victoria Cross (VC).
Born in Fraserburgh, before moving to Buckie aged 12, Pte McIntosh fought with North-east regiment the Gordon Highlanders.
The young soldier received the highest award for bravery for saving the lives of his comrades under heavy machine-gun fire during the conflict near Ypres in Belgium.
Pte McIntosh stormed forward and threw a Mills grenade into a German emplacement, killing two of the enemy and wounding a third. He then entered the dugout and found two light machine guns, which he carried back with him.
His citation reads: “His quick grasp of the situation and the utter fearlessness and rapidity with which he acted undoubtedly saved many of his comrades, and enabled the consolidation to proceed unhindered by machine-gun fire.”
Pte McIntosh went on to serve in World War 2 and was 68 when he died.
His medal was sold at a London auction in 2006, fetching £36,800.
The successful bid was made by an anonymous collector and was more than double what auctioneers Spink of St James’s had expected.
It also far exceeded what the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Museum in Aberdeen could afford in its attempt to keep the medal in the North-east.
But this Friday the museum will hold a re-enactment to commemorate his bravery.
It is being held to mark the start of a tour honouring the regiment’s 19 recipients of the VC.
Members of the Regimental Association will be joined by distinguished guests to launch the programme of events which will take place in schools across the North-east.
Members of The Great War Boys, one of Scotland’s leading re-enactment groups, will recreate Pte McIntosh’s charge. Together with museum staff they will also give a presentation telling the story of all 19 Gordon Highlanders who, since the award’s inception in 1856, have been awarded this honour.
Mike McDonald, Gordon Highlanders VC Commemorative Secretary, said: “The museum, where so much of the regiment’s fine history is now conserved and on display was the ideal place to launch such a tour which will lead up to the main commemoration in July.
“In organising this tour, the Gordon Highlanders are returning to their roots.
“Hundreds of men enlisted into the regiment from across the United Kingdom, but particularly so from the regiment’s heartland, the North-east of Scotland and served all over the world during its 200 year history.”
The tour will go to Fraserburgh on February 24, Huntly on April 21, Turriff on May 26 and Aberdeen on a date to be confirmed.
It will culminate at the Commemorative Parade and Gathering at Buckie on July 19.