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  • 5tudish by 5tudish

    #VictoriaCross

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  • 5tudish by 5tudish

    James Welch VC (7 July 1889 – 28 June 1978) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    He was 27 years old, and a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), British Army during the First World War when he performed the actions for which he was awarded the VC.

    On 29 April 1917 near Oppy, France, Lance-Corporal Welch entered an enemy trench and killed one man after a severe hand-to-hand struggle. Then, armed only with an empty revolver, he chased four of the enemy across the open and captured them single-handed. He handled his machine-gun with the utmost fearlessness, and more than once went into the open, exposed to heavy fire, to search for and collect ammunition and spare parts in order to keep his guns in action, which he succeeded in doing for over five hours, until wounded by a shell.

    He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He died on 28 June 1978. His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (Salisbury) Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

    What a very brave young man he was!

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  • weejock by weejock

    j welch awarded Victoria Cross

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  • weejock by weejock

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Welch_(VC)

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  • 5tudish by 5tudish

    #deserters

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  • 5tudish by 5tudish

    Two German (Alsatian) deserters crossed into the British line on 29/06/1917.

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