Captain GORDON MURIEL FLOWERDEW
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
Died 31 March 1918
Age 32 years old
I. H. 1.
- Country of Service Canadian
- Awards Victoria Cross
- Additional Info Son of Arthur J. B. and Hannah Flowerdew, of Billingford Hall, Scole, Norfolk.
- Personal Inscription LOVED SON BROTHER AND COMRADE
- Additional Citation note
An extract from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette, No. 30648, of 24th April, 1918, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery and dash when in command of a squadron detailed for special service of a very important nature. On reaching the first objective, Lt. Flowerdew saw two lines of the enemy, each about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks, one line being about two hundred yards behind the other. Realising the critical nature of the operation and how much depended upon it, Lt. Flowerdew ordered a troop under Lt. Harvey, V.C. to dismount and carry out a special movement while he led the remaining three troops to the charge. The squadron (less one troop) passed over both lines, killing many of the enemy with the sword; and wheeling about galloped at them again. Although the squadron had then lost about 70 per cent of its numbers, killed and wounded, from rifle and machine gun fire directed on it from the front and both flanks, the enemy broke and retired. The survivors of the squadron then established themselves in a position where they were joined, after much hand-to-hand fighting, by Lt. Harvey's party. Lt. Flowerdew was dangerously wounded through both thighs during the operation, but continued to cheer on his men. There can be no doubt that this officer's great valour was the prime factor in the capture of the position."