22 January 2012

Victoria Cross: L. Calvert


Sergeant, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Born: 16 February 1892, Leeds, Yorkshire
Died: 7 July 1964, Dagenham, Essex

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack [on 12 September 1918, at Havrincourt, France,] when the success of the operation was rendered doubtful owing, to severe enfilade machine-gun fire. Alone and single-handed Sjt. Calvert, rushing forward against the machine-gun team, bayoneted three and shot four.
His valour and determination in capturing single-handed two machine guns and killing the crews thereof enabled the ultimate objective to be won. His personal gallantry inspired all ranks.

[London Gazette issue 31012 dated 15 Nov 918, published 12 Nov 1918.]

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