Major ALEXANDER MALINS LAFONE
Died 27 October 1917
Age 47 years old
Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)
- Country of Service United Kingdom
- Awards Victoria Cross
- Additional Info Son of Henry and Lucy Lafone, of Court Lodge, Knockholt, Kent.
- Additional Citation note
An extract from "The London Gazette" (No. 30433), dated 14th Dec., 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and self-sacrifice when holding a position for over seven hours against vastly superior enemy forces. All this time the enemy were shelling his position heavily, making it very difficult to see. In one attack, when the enemy cavalry charged his flank, he drove them back with heavy losses. In another charge they left fifteen casualties within twenty yards of his trench, one man, who reached the trench, being bayonetted by Major Lafone himself. When all his men, with the exception of three, had been hit and the trench which he was holding was so full of wounded that it was difficult to move and fire, he ordered those who could walk to move to a trench slightly in the rear, and from his own position maintained a most heroic resistance. When finally surrounded and charged by the enemy, he stepped into the open and continued to fight until he was mortally wounded and fell unconscious. His cheerfulness and courage were a splendid inspiration to his men, and by his leadership and devotion he was enabled to maintain his position, which he had been ordered to hold at all costs.
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