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Private WILLIAM JOHNSTONE MILNE

Service Number: 427586
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Canadian Infantry

16th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 09 April 1917

Age 24 years old

Buried or commemorated at

VIMY MEMORIAL

France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service Canadian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Native of Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from the Second Supplement to The London Gazette, dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. On approaching the first objective, Pte. Milne observed an enemy machine gun firing on our advancing troops. Crawling on hands and knees, he succeeded in reaching the gun, killing the crew with bombs, and capturing the gun. On the line re-forming, he again located a machine gun in the support line, and stalking this second gun as he had done the first, he succeeded in putting the crew out of action and capturing the gun. His wonderful bravery and resource on these two occasions undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades. Pte. Milne was killed shortly after capturing the second gun."

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