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Lieutenant Colonel BERNARD WILLIAM VANN

Regiment & Unit/Ship

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

8th Bn. attd. 1st/6th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 03 October 1918

Age 31 years old

Buried or commemorated at

BELLICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

II. O. 1.

France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Military Cross and Bar, Twice Mentioned in Despatches
  • Additional Info Croix de Guerre (France). Son of Alfred George Collins Vann and Hannah Elizabeth Vann; husband of Doris Victoria Vann, of Coates Rectory, Cirencester, Glos. Ordained as a priest in 1912.
  • Personal Inscription CROIX DE GUERRE AVEC PALME "A GREAT PRIEST WHO IN HIS DAYS PLEASED GOD
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31067, dated 14th Dec., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and fine leadership during the attack at Bellenglise and Lehaucourt, on September 29th, 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, 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. Lt. Col. Vann, who had on all occasions set the highest example of valour, was killed near Ramicourt on 3rd October, 1918, when leading his battalion in attack."

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