21 December 2008

Victoria Cross: W. R. F. Addison


Temporary Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, Army Chaplain's Department; attached 6th Battalion the Loyal North Lancaster Regiment, 13th Division

Born: 18 September 1883, Cranbrook, Kent
Died: 7 January 1962, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery [on 9 April 1916 at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia]. He carried a wounded man to the cover of a trench, and assisted several others to the same cover, after binding up their wounds under heavy rifle and machine gun fire.
In addition to these unaided efforts, by his splendid example and utter disregard of personal danger, he encouraged the stretcher-bearers to go forward under heavy fire and collect the wounded.

(London Gazette Issue 29765 dated 26 Sep 1916, published 26 Sep 1916.)

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