24 May 2009

Victoria Cross: W. H. Metcalf


Lance-Corporal, 16th Battalion Manitoba Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Born: 29 January 1885, Waige, Maine, USA
Died: 8 August 1968, South Portland, Maine, USA

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty in attack [at Arras, France, on 2 September 1918], when, the right flank of the battalion being held up, he realised the situation and rushed forward under intense machine-gun fire to a passing Tank on the left. With his signal flag he walked in front of the Tank, directing it along the trench in a perfect hail of bullets and bombs. The machine-gun strong points were overcome, very heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy, and a very critical situation was relieved.
Later, although wounded, he continued to advance until ordered to get into a shell hole and have his wounds dressed.
His valour throughout was of the highest standard.

(London Gazette issue 31012 dated 15 Nov 1918, published 12 Nov 1918.)

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