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The Great War Victoria Crosses
|3rd September 1916
14951 Serjeant David Jones, Liverpool Regiment.
conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty, and ability displayed in the handling
of his platoon.
The platoon to which he belonged was ordered to a forward position,
and during the advance came under heavy machine gun fire, the officer being
killed and the platoon suffering heavy losses. Serjeant Jones led forward
the remainder, occupied the position, and held it for two days and two
nights without food or water, until relieved. On the second day he drove
back three counter-attacks, inflicting heavy losses. His coolness was most
praiseworthy. It was due entirely to his resource and example that his men
retained confidence and held their post.
(LG 26th Oct 1916)
Jones was Killed in Action, Bancourt, Somme, France, on 7 October 1916
|4th June 1916 near
|Arthur Herbert Procter
No. 3156 Pte. Arthur Herbert Procter, L'pool R., T.F.
For most conspicuous bravery.
Private Procter, noticing some movement on the part of two
wounded men who were lying in the open in full view of the enemy at about 75
yards in front of our trenches, went out, on his own initiative, and, though
heavily fired at, ran and crawled to the two men, got them under cover of a
small bank, dressed their wounds, and after cheering them with the promise
of rescue after dark, and leaving with them some of his clothing for warmth,
regained our trenches, again being heavily fired at.
At dusk both men were brought in alive.
(LG 5th Aug 1916)
|16th June 1915 near Rue du Bois,
|Joseph Harcourt Tombs
No. 10073 Lance-Corporal Joseph Tombs, 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool
For most conspicuous gallantry near Rue du Bois, on 16th
On his own initiative he crawled out repeatedly under a very
heavy shell and machine gun fire, to bring in wounded men who were lying
about 100 yards in front of our trenches. He rescued four men, one of whom
he dragged back by means of a rifle sling placed round his own neck and the
man's body. This man was so severely wounded that unless he had been
immediately attended to he must nave died.
|17th-18th April 1916, Ransart, near
|Edward Felix Baxter
2nd Lt. Edward Felix Baxter, late L'pool R.
For most conspicuous bravery.
Prior to a raid on the hostile line he was engaged during two
nights in cutting wire close to the enemy's trenches. The enemy
could be heard on the other side of the parapet. Second
Lieutenant Baxter, while assisting in the wire cutting, held a
bomb in his hand with the pin withdrawn ready to throw. On one
occasion the bomb slipped and fell to the ground, but he
instantly picked it up, unscrewed the base plug, and took out
the detonator, which he smothered in the ground, thereby
preventing the alarm being given, and undoubtedly saving many
Later, he led the left storming party with the greatest
gallantry, and was the first man into the trench, shooting the
sentry with his revolver. He then assisted to bomb dugouts, and
finally climbed out of the trench and assisted the last man over
the parapet. After this he was not seen again, though search
parties went out at once to look for him. There seems no doubt
that he lost his life in his great devotion to duty.
(LG 26th Sept 1916)
|16th April 1918 near Boisieux St.
|Jack Thomas Counter
No. 94081 Pte. Jack Thomas Counter, King's L'pool R. (Blandford, Dorset).
For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
It was necessary for information to be obtained from the
front line, in which the enemy had effected a lodgement. The only way was
from the support line along a sunken road, and thence down a forward slope
for about 250 yards with no cover, in full view of the enemy, and swept by
their machine-gun and rifle fire. After a small party had tried
unsuccessfully (the leader having been killed and another wounded before
leaving the sunken road) it was thought that a single man had more chance of
getting through. This was attempted five times, but on each occasion the
runner was killed in full view of the position from which he had started.
Private Counter, who was near his officer at the time, and
had seen the five runners killed one after the other, then volunteered to
carry the message. He went out under terrific fire and succeeded in getting
through. He then returned, carrying with him the vital information with
regard to the estimated number of enemy in our line, the exact position of
our flank, and the remaining strength of our troops. This information
enabled his commanding officer to organise and launch the final
counter-attack, which succeeded in regaining the whole of our position.
Subsequently this man carried back five messages across the
open under a heavy artillery barrage to company headquarters. Private
Counter's extraordinary courage in facing almost certain death because he
knew that it was vital that the message should be carried produced a most
excellent impression on his young and untried companions.
Attached to the 6th Loyal North Lancashire
8th-10th March 1917
Dialah River, Mesopotamia
|Oswald Austin Reid
Capt. Oswald Austin Reid, L'pool R., attd. L.N. Lan. R.
For most conspicuous bravery in the face of desperate
By his dauntless courage and gallant leadership he was able
to consolidate a small post with the advanced troops, on the opposite side
of a river to the main body, after his line of communications had been cut
by the sinking of the pontoons.
He maintained this position for thirty hours against constant
attacks by bombs, machine gun and shell tire, with the full knowledge that
repeated attempts at relief had failed, and that his ammunition was all but
exhausted. It was greatly due to his tenacity that the passage of the river
was effected on the following night.
During the operations he was wounded.
(LG 8th June 1917)
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