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Captain GEORGE HENRY TATHAM PATON

Regiment & Unit/Ship

Grenadier Guards

4th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 01 December 1917

Age 22 years old

Buried or commemorated at

METZ-EN-COUTURE COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION

II. E. 24.

France

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Military Cross
  • Additional Info Son of George William and Etta Tatham Paton, of Wolviston House, Whyteleafe, Surrey.
  • Personal Inscription BRIGHT IS THEIR GLORY NOW BOUNDLESS THEIR JOY ABOVE
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from the "London Gazette,'' dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:-" For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. When a unit on his left was driven back, thus leaving, his flank in the air and his company practically surrounded, he fearlessly exposed himself to re-adjust the line, walking up and down within fifty yards of the enemy under a withering fire. He personally removed several wounded men, and was the last to leave the village. Later, he again re-adjusted the line, exposing himself regardless of all danger the whole time, and when the enemy four times counter-attacked he sprang each time upon the parapet, deliberately risking his life, and being eventually mortally wounded, in order to stimulate his command. After the enemy had broken through on his left, he again mounted the parapet, and with a few men, who were inspired by his great example, forced them once more to withdraw, thereby undoubtedly saving the left flank."

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