Harold Marcus ERVINE-ANDREWS. VC, MiD, 1 East Lancashire Regiment

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Can anyone see the images I posted on here? I'm after the ones in post s 10 to 13.

  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    no I get broken link icon.

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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks...I was afraid that was the case :(
  4. dbf

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    From Dundee Evening Telegraph 01 August 1940, via FMP:
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  5. dbf

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    From Liverpool Echo 09 August 1940, via FMP:
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  6. dbf

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    From Liverpool Echo 08 August 1940, via FMP:
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  7. dbf

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    From Liverpool Echo 12 August 1940, via FMP
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  8. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Good thread this.

    Had the pleasure of visiting the site of the Ervine-Andrews VC action last summer and had the youngest member of our group, Jack, read the citation with the rebuilt Barn as a backdrop.


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  9. dbf

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    Personal Number: 50928
    Rank: Major
    Name: Harold Marchus ERVINE-ANDREWS, VC, MiD
    Unit: East Lancashire Regiment

    London Gazette : 29 January 1932
    The undermentioned Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military College, to be 2nd Lts. 28th Jan. 1932:—
    E. Lan. R.—
    Harold Marcus ERVINE-ANDREWS.

    London Gazette : 30 July 1940
    His Majesty The KING has been pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned:—
    Lieutenant (acting Captain) (now Captain) Harald Marcus ERVINE-ANDREWS, The East Lancashire Regiment.
    For most conspicuous gallantry on active service on the night of the 3ist May/ist June, 1940. Captain Ervine-Andrews took over about a thousand yards of the defences in front of Dunkirk, his line extending along the Canal de Bergues, and the enemy attacked at dawn. For over ten hours, not- withstanding intense artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire, and in the face of vastly superior enemy forces, Captain Ervine- Andrews and his company held their position.
    The enemy, however, succeeded in crossing the canal on both flanks; and, owing to superior enemy forces, a company of Captain Ervine-Andrews' own battalion, which was despatched to protect his flanks, was unable to gain contact with him. There being danger of one of his platoons being driven in, he called for volunteers to fill the gap, and then, going forward, climbed on to the top of a straw-roofed barn, from which he engaged the enemy with rifle and light automatic fire, though, at the time, the enemy were sending mortar-bombs and armour-piercing bullets through the roof.
    Captain Ervine-Andrews personally accounted for seventeen of the enemy with his rifle, and for many more with a Bren gun. Later, when the house which he held had been shattered by enemy fire and set alight, and all his ammunition had been expended, he sent back his wounded in the remaining carrier. Captain Ervine-Andrews then collected the remaining eight men of his company from this forward position, and, when almost completely surrounded, led them back to the cover afforded by the company in the rear, swimming or wading up to the chin in water for over a mile; having brought all that remained of his company safely back, he once again took up position.
    Throughout this action, Captain Ervine- Andrews displayed courage, tenacity, and devotion to duty, worthy of the highest traditions of the British Army, and his magnificent example imbued his own troops with the dauntless fighting spirit which he himself displayed.

    London Gazette : 2 July 1946
    The undermentioned Capts to be Majs , 1st July, 1946 —
    E. Lan R
    (War Subs Maj ) H. M. ERVINE-ANDREWS, V C (50928).

    London Gazette : 29 January 1952
    E. Lan. R.
    Maj. H. M. ERVINE-ANDREWS, V.C. (50928), retires on ret. pay, 29th Jan. 1952, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt.-Col.

    London Gazette : 8 December 1961
    Lan. R. (P.W.V.)
    Maj. (Hon. Lt.-Col.) H. M. ERVINE-ANDREWS, V.C. (50928), having exceeded the age limit, ceases to belong to the Res. of Offrs., 9th Dec, 1961.
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  10. Tony56

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  11. Dave H

    Dave H Junior Member

    The barn is actually still there, it was never destroyed. It is now part of a cottage.
    Drew5223 and myself went there a couple of years ago and talked to the owner of the cottage, he promptly confirmed that we were infact at the barn! He then proceed to go into the Barn and dig out a BEF helmet and bayonet that he had fund some years ago whilst redigging the supporting foundations.
    Quite an amazing feeling to think that the helmet may have belonged to Ervine-Andrews or certainly one of his troops that were running out of the barn shooting the German attackers as Ervine- Andrews was shouting Fire Control Orders from the roof. I think Drew has a picture.......
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