24 December 2006

Victoria Cross: R. Quigg


Private, 12th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles

Born: 28 February 1885, Carnkirk, Co Antrim, Ireland

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery [on 1 July 1916, at Hamel, the Somme]. He advanced to the assault with his platoon three times. Early next morning, hearing a rumour that his platoon officer was lying out wounded, he went out seven times to look for him under heavy shell and machine gun fire, each time bringing back a wounded man. The last man he dragged on a waterproof sheet from within yards of the enemy's wire.
He was seven hours engaged in this most gallant work, and finally was so exhausted that he had to give it up.

(London Gazette Issue 29740 dated 9 Sep 1916, published 8 Sep 1916.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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