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CROAK, JOHN BERNARD

Rank:
Private
Service No:
445312
Date of Death:
08/08/1918
Age:
26
Regiment/Service:
Canadian Infantry
 
13th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
I. A. 9.
Cemetery:
HANGARD WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of James and Cecelia Croak, of New Aberdeen, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Born at Little Bay, Newfoundland.

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30922, dated 24th Sept., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in attack when having become separated from his section he encountered a machine gun nest, which he bombed and silenced, taking the gun and crew prisoners. Shortly afterwards he was severely wounded, but refused to desist. Having rejoined his platoon, a very strong point, containing several machine guns, was encountered. Private Croak, however, seeing an opportunity, dashed forward alone and was almost immediately followed by the remainder of the platoon in a brilliant charge. He was the first to arrive at the trench line, into which he led his men, capturing three machine guns and bayonetting or capturing the entire garrison. The perseverance and valour of this gallant soldier,who was again severely wounded, and died of his wounds, were an inspiring example to all."

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Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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