Casualty details

CARLESS, JOHN HENRY

Rank:
Ordinary Seaman
Service No:
J/43703
Date of Death:
17/11/1917
Age:
21
Regiment/Service:
Royal Navy
 
H.M.S. "Caledon."
Awards:
V C
Panel Reference
25.
Memorial
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Additional Information:

Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Carless, of 31, Tasker Street, Walsall, Staffs.


Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30687, dated 17th May, 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Although mortally wounded in the abdomen, he still went on serving the gun at which he was acting as rammer, lifting a projectile and helping to clear away the other casualties. He collapsed once, but got up, tried again, and cheered on the new gun's crew. He then fell and died. He not only set a very inspiring and memorable example, but he also, whilst mortally wounded, continued to do effective work against the King's enemies.

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PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Casualty Record Detail
Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Hampshire

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