Field MarshalGORT, JOHN STANDISH SURTEES P. V.

Died 31/03/1946

Aged 59

Grenadier Guards

and Commands and Staff
General Staff

V C, G C B, C B E, D S O and 2 Bars, M V O, M C, 9 times Mentioned in Despatches

6th Viscount Gort. Son of John Gage Prendergast Vereker, 5th Viscount Gort, and of the Viscountess Gort (nee Surtees), of St. Marylebone, London, and Cowes, Isle of Wight. C.I.G.S. 1937-1939; C. in C. B.E.F. in France and Flanders, 1939-1940; Inspector-General to the Forces for Training and Inspector-General, Home Guard, 1940-1941; Governor and C. in C. Gibraltar, 1941-1942; Governor and C. in C. Malta, 1942-1944; A.D.C. to H.M. King George VI, 1940-1946.

Citation

The following details regarding the award of the Victoria Cross to Capt. & Bt. Major (A/Lt.-Col.) Viscount Gort, D.S.O., M.V.O., M.C., "for most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and devotion to duty" are given in the London Gazette of 27th November. 1918

On 17th September, 1918, this officer was in charge of 1/Bn. Grenadier Guards during the attack across the Canal du Nord, near Flesquieres. Although wounded he went across open ground under terrific fire to obtain the assistance of a tank, which he led and directed to the best possible advantage. He was again wounded very severely, but after a short rest despite considerable loss of blood, he got up and personally directed a further attack. All ranks were so inspired by his magnificent example of devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety that the attack was completely successful. Viscount Gort then organised the defence of the captured position until he collapsed.

Buried at PENSHURST (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCH

Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 1


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