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Award of Victoria Cross to Private Jack Thomas Counter - 1 Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment.

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    Victoria Cross Awarded on 21 May 1918 to Private Jack Thomas Counter. On 23rd May 1917 and the Victoria Cross Ribbon was presented also to Private J T Counter by GOC V1 Corps. 23rd May 1918. Diary page link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003q50

    He was 19 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool) Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

    On 16 April 1918 near Boisieux St. Marc, France, it was necessary for information to be obtained from the front line and the only way to get it was over ground with no cover and in full view of the enemy. A small party tried without success, followed by six men, singly, each one being killed in the attempt. Private Counter then volunteered and, going out under terrific fire, got through and returned with vital information which enabled his commanding officer to organise and launch the final successful counter-attack. Subsequently he also carried five messages across the open under heavy artillery barrage to company headquarters

    Photo and link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thomas_Counter

    Another brave young man!