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VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS

(This list includes the award of the VC to Captain J L Green Royal Army Medical Corps who was attached to the Sherwood Foresters)

Victoria CrossArtistic impression of Pte McQuirt

 

Private Bernard McQuirt VC 95th Derbyshire Regiment. At Rowa, India on 6 January 1858 he fought hand to hand with three men to save an officer, he killed one, wounded another and drove the third off. He suffered five sabre cuts and a musket shot.

Died natural causes 5 October 1888. His medals have never been traced and are believed buried with him in a paupers grave in Belfast.

London Gazette 11 November 1859

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Victoria CrossLt Pennell VC

Lieutenant Henry Singleton Pennell VC 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Dargai Heights on 20 October 1897 he attempted to rescue Captain W E G Smith who had been struck down and only desisted when he saw the officer was dead.

He was killed in an accident on 19 January 1907. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection.

London Gazette 20 May 1898

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Victoria CrossCpl Beet VC

Corporal Harry BeetVC 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Wakkerstroom South Africa on 22 April 1900 when with No 2 Mounted Infantry under heavy fire he rescued a wounded man and remained with him tending his wounds.

Died natural causes 10 January 1946 Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 12 February 1901

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Victoria CrossPte Bees VC

Private William Dolman BeesVC 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Moedwil South Africa on 30 September 1901, all the other members of his machine gun team being wounded he collected water for them at great risk under heavy Boer fire.

Died natural causes 20 June 1938 Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 17 December 1901

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Victoria CrossPte Rivers VC

Private Jacob Rivers VC 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Neuve Chapelle on 12 March 1915 crept to large number of enemy massed on a flank and threw bombs at them causing them to retire, he performed a second similar action later the same day, on both occasions saving a critical situation. He was killed in action.

Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 28 April 1915

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Victoria CrossCpl Upton VC

Corporal James Upton VC 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters Near Rouges Bancs on 9 May 1915 for bringing in many wounded and for tending to their wounds when not actually carrying in, he was all the while exposed to enemy fire.

Died natural causes 10 August 1949. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 29 June 1915

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Victoria CrossLt H James VC

Lieutenant Herbert James VC 4th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment At Krithia Gallipoli on 3 July 1915 when a flanking battalion had lost most of its officers he gathered a body of men and led them forward under heavy fire, then organised and led forward a second party. Later, when in command of a party of bombers he held a Turkish communication trench alone under murderous fire until a barrier had been built behind him.

London Gazette 1 September 1915

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Victoria CrossCapt Vickers VC

Captain Charles Geoffrey Vickers VC 1st/7th (Robin Hood) Battalion Sherwood Foresters At the Hohenzollen Redoubt on 14 October 1915 he held a barrier with the aid of two men for several hours against heavy German bomb attacks. He ordered a second barrier to be built thus cutting of his retreat. He was severely wounded in this action.

Died natural causes 16 March 1982. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 18 November 1915

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Victoria CrossLt Myles VC

Lieutenant Edgar Kinghorn Myles VC Welch Regiment attached 9th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment At Sannaiyat Mesopotamia on 9 April 1916 following a night attack and enemy counter attack, many dead and wounded lay between the lines. Several brave attempts were made to save the wounded ant Lt Myles dashed out a number of times to bring in wounded men, staggering in with the last, having been wounded himself.

London Gazette 26 September 1916

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Victoria CrossCapt Green RAMC VC

Captain John Leslie Green VC Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 although wounded he went to the assistance of an officer caught up on the enemy's wire and in so doing he was himself killed.

Killed in Action. Medal in Army Medical Services Museum, Aldershot.

London Gazette 5 August 1916

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Victoria CrossPte Turrall VC

Private Thomas George Turrall VC 10th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment. At La Boiselle, Somme on 3rd July 1916 when a small bombing attack was caught by machine gun fire the subaltern leading it was badly wounded. Private Turrall dragged him to a shell hole and for three hours under heavy fire from machine guns and bombs gave what aid he could. During a German counter attack he feigned dead and he and the officer were completely cut off, but after dark he was able to carry the subaltern back to our lines.

London Gazette 9 September 1916

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Victoria CrossLt Leefe Robinson VC

Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson VC Worcestershire Regiment attached to Royal Flying Corps. On a patrol over Cuffley, Hertfordshire 2/3 September 1916 engaged in night flying in the defence of London. After he had been in the air over two hours and had attacked one airship he attacked a Zeppelin in particularly difficult and dangerous circumstances sending it down in flames - the first destruction of an airship in England.

London Gazette 5 September 1916

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Victoria CrossLt Bennett VC

Lieutenant Eugene Paul Bennett VC MC. 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment at Transloy Ridges on the Somme on 5 November 1916 despite having been dazed by a shell burst he dashed through heavy shell and machine gun fire to rally a Company which had been pinned down. The rest of the Battalion followed and the objective was secured.

London Gazette 30 December 1916

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Victoria CrossCapt Ball VC

Captain Albert Ball VC DSO + 2 Bars MC 2/7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion Sherwood Foresters and 56 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Awarded for his actions during air combat between 25 April and 6 May 1917

Killed in Action 7 May 1917. Medals owned by City of Nottingham Museum - displayed by Regimental Museum Nottingham Castle

London Gazette 8 June 1917

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Victoria CrossCpl Egerton VC

Corporal Ernest Albert Egerton VC 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Bulgar Wood on 20 September 1917 volunteered for a mopping up party in which he shot several Germans and took some 29 prisoner.

Died natural causes 14 February 1966. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection.

London Gazette 26 November 1917

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Victoria CrossCpl Greaves VC

Corporal Fred Greaves VC 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters On 4 October 1917 at Poelcappelle in the Ypres salient went forward and bombed a German MG position killing or capturing the detachment. Later on same day he put men to protect the flank which was under pressure thus saving a critical situation.

Died natural causes 8 June 1973. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 26 November 1917

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Victoria Cross

Private Frederick George Dancocks VC 4th Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment. At Poelcappelle Ypres on 9 October 1917 when the Battalion was held up by a machine gun, he crept through shell holes to reach the back of the blockhouse. Bomb in hand he ordered the crew to our lines, returned to dismantle the gun and carried it back.

Killed in Action at Cambrai. Medal in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 27 November 1917 (It should be noted that although the VC citation and the letter from the King spells his surname as 'Dancox' he was born, christened and married as Dancocks)

Victoria CrossMaj Roberts VC

Major Frank Crowther Roberts VC DSO MC 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment At Pargny on the Somme on 23 March 1918. Over twelve days he showed particular courage and skill, endurance and energy. One night when the enemy had almost cleared a village of our troops he gathered a party of men and led a counter attack which drove the Germans out thus covering the retirement of flanking troops.

London Gazette 8 May 1918

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Victoria CrossCapt Crowe VC

Captain John James Crowe VC 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment. At Neuve Eglise on 14 April 1918 part of the Battalion became surrounded and unlikely to be able to hold out much longer he volunteered to lead a sortie to try and clear a way for retreat. He and two of his men stalked two enemy machine guns rushed and captured them and enabled the small beleaguered garrison to withdraw.

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Victoria CrossCol Grogan VC

Colonel George William St George Grogan VC CMG DSO late 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment. At Aisne on 29 May 1918. For most of three days of desperate fighting he commanded the remnants of a Division and on the third day with complete disregard for his own safety he rode up and down the line under heavy fire of all sorts encouraging his men and reorganising and leading back those who had begun to retire.

London Gazette 25 July 1918

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Victoria CrossCharles Edward Hudson DSO and Bar MC Captain, Temporary Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Hudson VC DSO + bar MC 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Men from the Greenwood) On the San Sisto Ridge near Asaigo Italy on 15 June 1918 when the enemy began to penetrate his lines he collected together every available man including cooks and batmen and led an attack on the enemy driving them off and saving the situation. He was wounded in this action.

Died natural causes 14 April 1959. Medal in Regimental Museum Collection.

London Gazette 11 July 1918

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Victoria CrossLt Col Vann VC

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Bernard William Vann VC MC + Bar 1st/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters Commanding the 1st/6th Battalion For most conspicious bravery, devotion to duty and fine leadership during the attack on Bellenglise and Lehaucourt on 29 September 1918. He led his Battalion with great skill across the Canal du Nord through a very thick fog and under heavy fire from field and machine guns. On reaching the high ground above Bellenglise the whole attack was held up by fire of all descriptions from the front and right flank. Realising that everything depended on the advance going forward with the barrage, Lt Col Vann rushed up to the firing line and with the greatest gallantry led the line forward. By his prompt action and absolute contempt for danger the whole situation was changed, the men were encouraged and the line swept forward. Later he rushed a field gun single handed and knocked out three of the detachment. The success of the day was in no small degree due to the splendid gallantry and fine leadership displayed by this officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Vann was killed by a sniper near Ramicourt on 3 October 1918 when leading his Battalion in the attack.

London Gazette - 14 December 1918

Victoria CrossSgt Johnson VC

Sergeant William Henry Johnson VC 1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters At Ramicourt on 3 October 1918 charged a German machine gun post single handed and bayoneted several of the occupants and capturing two machine guns. He was wounded but continued at duty and again charged another machine gun and bombed it putting the gun out of action.

Died natural causes 23 April 1945. Medals in Regimental Museum Collection

London Gazette 14 December 1918

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Victoria CrossCapt Brunt VC

Captain John Henry Cound Brunt VC Sherwood Foresters attached 1/6th Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment on 9 December 1944 near Faenza Italy with his platoon he held of a German counter attack and remained behind to give covering fire enabling his men to safely withdraw. He continued in similar vein with magnificent leadership all day and wherever the fighting was heaviest he was to be found in the thick of it.

Killed in Action 10 December 1944. Medals in Lincolnshire Regimental Museum Collection.

London Gazette 8 February 1945

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