28 June 2009

Victoria Cross: J. McNamara


Corporal, 9th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment

Born: 28 October 1887, Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire
Died: 16 October 1918, near Solesmes, France

Citation: For conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty [on 3 September 1918, northwest of Lens, France].
When operating a telephone in evacuated enemy trenches occupied by his battalion, Cpl. McNamara realised that a determined enemy counter-attack was gaining ground. Rushing to join the nearest post, he made the most effective use of a revolver taken from a wounded officer. Then seizing a Lewis gun, continued to fire it till it jammed. By this time he was alone in the post. Having destroyed his telephone, he joined the nearest post, and again displayed great courage and initiative in maintaining Lewis gun fire until reinforcements arrived.
It was undoubtedly due to the magnificent courage and determination of Pte. [sic] McNamara that the other posts were enabled to hold on, and his fine example of devotion is worthy of the highest praise.

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

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