SerjeantCOLLEY, HAROLD JOHN

Service Number 40684

Died 25/08/1918

Aged 23

10th Bn.
Lancashire Fusiliers

V C, M M

Son of John and Hannah Elizabeth Colley, of 74, Cheshire Rd., Smethwick, Staffs.

Inscription

HE GAVE HIS LIFE IN HONOUR FIGHTING FOR HOME AND COUNTRY REST IN PEACE

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30967, dated the 18th Oct., 1918, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when in command of a platoon in support of forward platoons which had been ordered to hold on at all costs. When the enemy counter-attacked in force, he rushed forward on his own initiative to help the forward line, rallying and controlling the men holding it. The enemy by this time were advancing quicky, and had already obtained a footing in the trench. Serjt. Colley then formed a defensive flank and held it. Out of the two platoons only three men remained unwounded, and he himself was dangerously wounded. It was entirely due to Serjt. Colley's action that the enemy were prevented from breaking through, and were eventually driven off. His courage and tenacity saved a very critical situation."

Buried at MAILLY WOOD CEMETERY, MAILLY-MAILLET

Location: Somme, France
Number of casualties: 644

Cemetery/memorial reference: II. Q. 4.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.