CaptainPATON, GEORGE HENRY TATHAM

Died 01/12/1917

Aged 22

4th Bn.
Grenadier Guards

V C, M C

Son of George William and Etta Tatham Paton, of Wolviston House, Whyteleafe, Surrey.

Inscription

BRIGHT IS THEIR GLORY NOW BOUNDLESS THEIR JOY ABOVE

Citation

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."

Buried at METZ-EN-COUTURE COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION

Location: Pas de Calais, France
Number of casualties: 432

Cemetery/memorial reference: II. E. 24.

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