24 April 2011

Victoria Cross: A. P. Sullivan


Corporal, 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Born: 27 November 1896, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Died: 9 April 1937, Birdcage Walk, London

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 10th August, 1919, at the Sheika River, North Russia.
The platoon to which he belonged, after fighting a rearguard covering action, had to cross the river by means of a narrow plank, and during the passage an officer and three men fell into a deep swamp.
Without hesitation, under intense fire, Corporal Sullivan jumped into the river and rescued all four, bringing them out singly. But for this gallant action his comrades would undoubtedly have been drowned. It was a splendid example of heroism as all ranks were on the point of exhaustion and the enemy less than 100 yards distant.

[London Gazette issue 31572 dated 29 Sep 1919, published 26 Sep 1919.]

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