15 June 2008

Victoria Cross: J. Towers


Private, 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles (Cameronians)

Born: 9 September 1897, Church House Farm, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire
Died: 24 January 1977, Preston, Lancashire

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Méricourt [France] on the 6th October, 1918, when, under heavy fire, five runners having failed to deliver an important message, Pte. Towers, well aware of the fate of the runners who had already attempted the task, volunteered for the duty.
In spite of heavy fire opened on him as soon as he moved, he went straight through from cover to cover and eventually delivered the message.
His valour, determination, and utter disregard of danger were an inspiring example to all.

[London Gazette issue 31108 dated 6 Jan 1919, published 3 Jan 1919.]

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