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The Coldstream Guards

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Victoria Crosses
 

Battalion

Date/
Location
Name  Citation/Notes

Crimean War 1854 - 1856

1 1st26th October 1854
Sebastopol, Crimea
 

Brevet-Major
John Augustus Conolly
 (Late 49th Regiment)

Note: Conolly was 49th Regiment, but part of his reward was promotion to a Captain in the Coldstream Guards.

 

LG 5th May 1857

Brevet-Major John Augustus Conolly
Date of Act of Bravery, 26th October, 1854.

    In the attack by the Russians against the position held by the Second Division, 26th
October, 1854, Major Conolly, then a Lieutenant in the 49th Regiment, while in command of a company of that regiment, on outlying picket, made himself most conspicuous by the gallantry of his behaviour. He came particularly under the observation of the late Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, while in personal encounter with several Russians, in defence of his post. He ultimately fell, dangerously wounded. Lieutenant Conolly was highly praised in General Orders, and promoted into the Coldstream Guards, as a reward for his exemplary behaviour on this occasion.

 
2 1st 28th October 1854
 Inkerman, Crimea
 

Brevet Major
Gerald Littlehales Goodlake

LG 24th February 1857

Brevet Major Gerald Littlehales Goodlake

   For distinguished gallantry whilst in command of the sharpshooters furnished by the Coldstream Guards, on the 28th October, 1854, on the occasion of  "the powerful sortie on the 2nd Division," when he held the Windmill Ravine, below the Picquet House, against a much larger force of the enemy. The party of sharpshooters then under his command killed thirty-eight (one an officer) and took three prisoners of the enemy, (of the latter, one an Officer) Major Goodlake being the sole Officer in command.
    Also, for distinguished gallantry on the occasion of the surprise of a picquet of the enemy, in November, at the bottom of the Windmill Ravine, by the sharpshooters, under his sole leading and command, when the knapsacks and rifles of the enemy's party fell into his hands.

 

 
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1st  26th October 1854
 Inkerman, Crimea
 

No. 3968 Private
William Stanlock

Note: there appears to be several interpretations of the spelling of this mans surname. The spelling on the contemporary Crimea Medal roll clearly states Stanlack  (see below.) The LG states Stanlock. Census returns show Stanlake and occasionally Stanlock. 1904 Death index shows Stanlake.

 

LG 24th February 1857

No. 3968 Private William Stanlock

For having volunteered, when employed as one of the sharpshooters in October 1854, for reconnoitring purposes, to crawl up within six yards of a Russian sentry, and so enabled the Officer in command to effect a surprise; Private Stanlock having been warned beforehand of the imminent risk which he would run in the adventure.

 

 

 
 
4 1st September 1855
Sebastopol, Crimea 

No. 4787 Private
George Strong

LG 24th February 1857

No. 4787 Private George Strong

For having, when on duty in the trenches in the month of September 1855, removed a live shell from the place where it had fallen.

 
 
 

First World War  1914 - 1918

5 1st 27th September, 1918
 Canal du Nord,  Graincourt, France
Lieutenant
Cyril Hubert Frisby
LG 27th November 1918

      Lt. (A./Capt.) Cyril Hubert Frisby, CGds. (S.R.). attd. 1st Bn.
    For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and devotion to duty in action on the 27th September, 1918, across the Canal Du Nord, near Graincourt, when in command of a company detailed to capture the Canal crossing, on the Demicourt-Graincourt road. On reaching the Canal the leading platoon came under annihilating machine-gun fire from a strong machine-gun post under the old iron bridge on the far side of the Canal, and was unable to advance, despite reinforcing waves. Capt. Frisby realised at once that unless this post was captured the whole advance in this area would fail. Calling for volunteers to follow him, he dashed forward, and, with three other ranks, he climbed down into the Canal under an intense point-blank machine-gun fire and succeeded in capturing the post with two machine guns and twelve men.
   By his personal valour and initiative he restored the situation and enabled the attacking companies to continue the advance. Having reached and consolidated his objective, he gave timely support to the company on his right, which had lost all its officers and sergeants, organised its defences, and beat off a heavy hostile counter-attack. He was wounded in the leg by a bayonet in the attack on the machine-gun post, but remained at duty throughout, thereby setting a splendid example to all ranks.

 

 
6 1st27th September, 1918
 Canal du Nord,  Graincourt, France 
 Private (L./Cpl.)
 Thomas Norman Jackson
LG 27th November 1918

    No. 20810 Pte. (L./Cpl.) Thomas Norman Jackson, late 1st Bn., C. Gds. (Swinton).
    For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice in the attack across the Canal Du Nord, near Graincourt. On the morning of the 27th September, 1918, L./Cpl. Jackson was the first to volunteer to follow Capt. C. H. Frisby, Coldstream Guards, across the Canal du Nord in his rush against an enemy machine-gun post. With two comrades he followed his officer across the Canal, rushed the post, captured the two machine-guns, and so enabled the companies to advance. Later in the morning, L./Cpl. Jackson was the first to jump into a German trench which his platoon had to clear, and after doing further excellent work he was unfortunately killed.
     Throughout the whole day until he was killed this young N.C.O. showed the greatest valour and devotion to duty and set an inspiring example to all.

 

 

7 1st 31st July, 1917
 Pilkem, Belgium,
Private
ThomasWhitham
LG 6th September 1917

No. 15067 Pte. Thomas Whitham, C. Gds. (Burnley).
For most conspicuous bravery when, during an attack, an enemy machine gun was seen to be enfilading the battalion on the right. Pte. Witham, on his own initiative, immediately worked his way from shell-hole to shell hole through our own barrage, rushed the machine gun, and, although under a very heavy fire, captured it, together with an officer and two other ranks.
   The bold action on the part of Pte. Witham was of great assistance to the battalion on the right, and undoubtedly saved many lives and enabled the whole line to advance.

 

 
8 2nd 28 September 1914
 Chavanne, Aisne, France
Private
Frederick William Dobson
LG 8th December 1914

No. 6840, Lance-Corporal Frederick William Dobson, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
   For conspicuous gallantry at Chavanne (Aisne) on the 28th of September, in bringing into' cover on two occasions, under heavy fire, wounded men who were lying exposed in the open.

 

 
9 3rd  8th October 1915
 near Loos, France
 Lance-Sergeant
Oliver Brooks
LG 28th October 1915

No. 6738 Lance-Serjeant Oliver Brooks, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
     For most conspicuous bravery near Loos, on the 8th October, 1915. A strong party of the enemy having captured 200 yards of our trenches, Lance-Serjeant Brooks, on his own initiative, led a party of bombers in the most determined manner, and succeeded in regaining possession of the lost ground.
    The signal bravery displayed by this Non-commissioned Officer, in the midst of a hail of bombs from the Germans, was of the very first order, and the complete success attained in a very dangerous undertaking was entirely due to his absolute fearlessness, presence of mind and promptitude.

 

 
10 3rd   15th September 1916
 Ginchy, France
Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel
 (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel)
John Vaughan Campbell
LG 26th October 1916

Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) John Vaughan Campbell, D.S.O., Coldstream Guards.
    For most conspicuous bravery and able leading in an attack. Seeing that the first two waves of his battalion had been decimated by machine gun and rifle fire he took personal command of the third line, rallied his men with the utmost gallantry, and led them against the enemy machine guns, capturing the guns and killing the personnel.
     Later in the day, after consultation with other unit commanders, he again rallied the survivors of his battalion, and at a critical moment led them through a very heavy hostile fire barrage against the objective. He was one of the first to enter the enemy trench.
    His personal gallantry and initiative at, a very critical moment turned the fortunes of the day and enabled the division to press on and capture objectives of the highest tactical importance.

 

 
11 3rd 25/26 August 1914
 Landrecies, France
Lance-Corporal
George Harry Wyatt
LG 18th November 1915

No. 5854 Lance-Corporal George Harry Wyatt, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
    For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. At Landrecies, on the night of 25th-26th August, 1914, when a part of his Battalion was hotly engaged at the end of a street close to some farm buildings, the enemy, by means of incendiary bombs, set light to some straw stacks in the farmyard. Lance-Corporal Wyatt twice dashed out of the line under very heavy fire from the enemy, who were only 25 yards distant, and extinguished the burning straw. If the fire had spread it would have been quite impossible to have held our position.
    Also at Villa Cotteret, after being wounded in the head, Lance-Corporal Wyatt continued firing until he could no longer see owing to the blood which was pouring down his face. The Medical Officer bound up his wound and told him to go to the rear, but he at once returned to the firing-line and continued to fight.

 

 
 

Second World War 1939 - 1945

12 3rd  25th September 1943
 near Salerno, Italy
Warrant Officer Class II
(Company Sergeant-Major)
 Peter Harold Wright
LG 7th September 1944

No. 2657545 Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant-Major) Peter Harold Wright, Coldstream Guards (Wenhaston, Suffolk).
      In Italy on the 25th September, 1943, the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, attacked the Pagliarolli feature, a steep wooded hill near Salerno. Before it reached the crest the right hand company was held up by heavy
spandau and mortar fire and all the officers had become casualties.
     C.S.M. Wright, seeing that his company was held up, went forward to1 see what could be done. Finding that there were no officers left he immediately took charge and crawled forward by himself to see what the opposition was. He returned with the information that three spandau posts were holding them up. He collected a section and put it into a position where it could give covering fire. Single-handed he then attacked each post in turn with hand grenades and bayonet and silenced each one. He then led the company on to the crest but realised that the enemy fire made this position untenable. C.S.M. Wright therefore led them a short way down the hill and up on to the objective from a different direction.
    Entirely regardless of enemy fire, which was very heavy, C.S.M. Wright then reorganised what was left of the company and placed them into position to consolidate the objective.
   Soon afterwards the enemy launched a counter-attack which was successfully beaten off. Later, with complete disregard of heavy enemy shell-fire on the area of company headquarters and the reverse slopes of the hill and of machine-gun fire from the commanding slopes on the left flank of the position, he brought up extra ammunition and distributed it to the company.
     It is due to this Warrant Officer's superb disregard of the enemy's fire, his magnificent leadership and his outstanding heroism throughout the action that his 'battalion succeeded in capturing and maintaining its hold on this very important objective.

 

         
13 5th  3rd April 1945
near Lingen, Germany
 Lieutenant
 (temporary Captain)
 Ian Oswald Liddell
LG 7th June 1945

Lieutenant (temporary Captain) Ian Oswald LIDDELL (156048), Coldstream Guards (Chepstow).
      In Germany on 3rd April, 1945, Captain Liddell was commanding a Company of the Coldstream Guards, which was ordered to capture intact a bridge over the River Ems near Lingen. The bridge was covered on the far bank by an enemy strong point, which was subsequently discovered to consist of 150 entrenched infantry supported by three 88 mm. and two 20 mm. guns. The bridge was also prepared for demolition with 500 Ib. bombs which could plainly be seen.
    Having directed his two leading platoons on to the near bank, Captain Liddell ran forward alone to the bridge and scaled the 10 feet high road block guarding it, with the intention of neutralising the charges and taking the bridge intact. In order to achieve his object he had to cross the whole length of the bridge by himself under intense enemy fire, which increased as his object became apparent to the Germans. Having disconnected the charges on the far side, he re-crossed the bridge and cut the wires on the near side. It was necessary for him to kneel forming an easy target whilst he successively cut the wires.
      He then discovered that there were also charges underneath the bridge and completely undeterred he also disconnected these. His task completed he then climbed up on to the road (block in full view of the enemy and signalled his  eading platoon to advance.
      Thus alone and unprotected, without cover and under heavy enemy fire, he achieved his object. The bridge was captured intact and the way cleared to the advance across the river Ems. His outstanding gallantry and superb example of courage will never be forgotten by those who saw it.
      This very brave officer has since died of wounds subsequently received in action.

 

 
George Cross
  Serving with the Special Operations Executive (SOE)
Albania
? Brigadier
Arthur Frederick Crane Nicholls
LG 1st March 1946

The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE GROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to:

Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) (acting Brigadier) Arthur Frederick Crane NICHOLLS (62269), Coldstream Guards (London).

 

 
 
 

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