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Ordinary Seaman JOHN HENRY CARLESS

Service Number: J/43703
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Caledon."

Date of Death

Died 17 November 1917

Age 21 years old

Buried or commemorated at

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

25.

United Kingdom

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Carless, of 31, Tasker Street, Walsall, Staffs.
  • Additional Citation note

    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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