16 November 2008

Victoria Cross: T. Bryan


Lance-Corporal, 25th (S) Battalion the Northumberland Fusiliers

Born: 21 January 1882, at Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Died: 13 October 1945, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery during an attack [at Vimy Ridge, near Arras, France, on 9 April 1917].
Although wounded, this Non-commissioned Officer went forward alone, with a view to silencing a machine gun which was inflicting much damage. He worked up most skilfully along a communication trench, approached the gun from behind, disabled it and killed two of the team as they were abandoning the gun.
As this machine gun had been a serious obstacle in the advance to the second objective, the results obtained by Lance-Corporal Bryan’s gallant action were very far-reaching.

(London Gazette Issue 30122 dated 8 Jun 1917, published 8 Jun 1917.)

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