Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to the Late Lt. and Adjutant - Geoffrey St George Shillington Cather – 9 Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Account of his Conspicuous Bravery. “On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he spent the night and following morning in succouring the wounded in the open, under heavy fire, and in so doing he was killed by machine-gun fire”.
An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery. From 7 p.m. till midnight he searched 'No Man's Land', and brought in three wounded men. Next morning at 8 a.m. he continued his search, brought in another wounded man, and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally, at 10.30 a.m., he took out water to another man, and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy, and under direct machine gun fire and intermittent artillery fire. He set a splendid example of courage and self sacrifice". Article Link: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/749848l
Diary page link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003epj
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Thank you for sharing this. These stories are so moving.