Casualty details

KIRK, JAMES

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
04/11/1918
Age:
21
Regiment/Service:
Manchester Regiment
 
10th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference
A. 22.
Cemetery
ORS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Son of James and Rachel Kirk, of 530 Edge Lane, Droylesden, Manchester. Born at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.


Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31108, dated 3rd Jan., 1919, records the following:- " For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty North of Ors on 4th Nov., 1918, whilst attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. To cover the bridging of the canal he took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, paddled across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expended all his ammunition. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continuously maintained a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till killed at his gun. The supreme contempt of danger and magnificent self-sacrifice displayed by this gallant officer prevented many casualties and enabled two platoons to cross the bridge before it was destroyed."

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ORS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Casualty Record Detail
Country:
France
Locality:
Nord

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