17 October 2010

Victoria Cross: J. H. Tombs


Corporal, 1st Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Born: 23 March 1887, Birmingham
Died: 28 June 1966, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Citation: For most conspicuous gallantry near Rue du Bois, on 16th June, 1915. On his own initiative he crawled out repeatedly under a very heavy shell and machine gun fire, to bring in wounded men who were lying about 100 yards in front of our trenches. He rescued four men, one of whom he dragged back by means of a rifle sling placed round his own neck and the man's body. This man was so severely wounded that unless he had been immediately attended to he must have died.

[London Gazette issue 29240 dtd 24 Jul 1915, published 23 Jul 1915.]

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