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St Peter & St Paul, Whitney on Wye

Herefordshire

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Allan Leonard Lewis VC

Allan Leonard

Lewis

First World War

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Lance Corporal

6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Royal Army Service Corps

28th February 1895

Brilley, Herefordshire

21st September 1918

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Killed by a shrapnel head wound at Deleful Post, Ronssoy, France. Won a Victoria Cross postumously for his actions on the 18th and 21st September at Ronssoy, France

Victoria Cross

Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

The citation in the London Gazette reads: For most conspicuous bravery at Ronssoy on the 18th September, 1918, when in command of a section on the right of an attacking line held up by intense machine gun fire. L./Cpl. Lewis observing that two enemy machine guns were enfilading the line, crawled forward singlehanded, and successfully bombed the guns, and by rifle fire later caused the whole team to surrender, thereby enabling the line to advance. On 21st September, 1918, he again displayed great powers of command, and, having rushed his company through the enemy barrage, was killed whilst getting his men under cover from heavy machine gun fire. Throughout he showed a splendid disregard of danger, and his leadership at a critical period was beyond all praise. London Gazette 28th January 1919

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