15 February 2009

Victoria Cross: J. T. Cornwell


Boy First Class, Royal Navy; HMS Chester

Born: 8 January 1900, Leyton, Essex
Died: 31 May 1916, North Sea

Citation: Mortally wounded early in the action [off Jutland, 31 May 1916], Boy, First Class, John Travers Cornwall remained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly awaiting orders, until the end of the action, with the gun's crew dead and wounded all round him. His age was under sixteen and a half years.

(London Gazette Issue 29752 dated 15 Sep 1916, published 15 Sep 1916.)

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