20 January 2008

Victoria Cross: C. C. Foss


Captain, 2nd Battalion the Bedfordshire Regiment

Born: 9 March 1885, Kobe, Japan
Died: 9 April 1953, London

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery at Neuve Chapelle [France] on 12th March, 1915.
After the enemy had captured a part of one of our trenches, and our counter-attack made with one Officer and 20 men having failed (all but two of the party being killed or wounded in the attempt), Captain Foss, on his own initiative, dashed forward with eight men, under heavy fire, attacked the enemy with bombs, and captured the position, including the 52 Germans occupying it.
The capture of this position from the enemy was of the greatest importance, and the utmost bravery was displayed in essaying the task with so very few men.

(London Gazette Issue 29272 dated 23 Aug 1915, published 20 Aug 1915.)

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