17 May 2009

Victoria Cross: L. J. Keyworth


Lance-Corporal, 24th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen's), Territorial Force

Born: 12 August 1893, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Died: 19 October 1915, Abbeville, France

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery at Givenchy on the night of 25th-26th May, 1915.
After the successful assault on the German position by the 24th Battalion, London Regiment, efforts were made by that Unit to follow up their success by a bomb-attack, during the progress of which 58 men out of a total of 75 became casualties.
During this very fierce encounter Lance-Corporal Keyworth stood fully exposed for two hours on the top of the enemy's parapet, and threw about 150 bombs amongst the Germans, who were only a few yards away.

(London Gazette Issue 29215 dated 3 Jul 1915, published 2 Jul 1915.)

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