Second LieutenantKIRK, JAMES

Died 04/11/1918

Aged 21

10th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Manchester Regiment

V C

Son of James and Rachel Kirk, of 530 Edge Lane, Droylesden, Manchester. Born at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

Inscription

BORN JANUARY 27TH 1897 FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31108, dated 3rd Jan., 1919, records the following

" For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty North of Ors on 4th Nov., 1918, whilst attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. To cover the bridging of the canal he took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, paddled across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expended all his ammunition. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continuously maintained a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till killed at his gun. The supreme contempt of danger and magnificent self-sacrifice displayed by this gallant officer prevented many casualties and enabled two platoons to cross the bridge before it was destroyed."

Buried at ORS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 59

Cemetery/memorial reference: A. 22.


Cemetery details

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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.