Victoria Cross:Lieutenant Cecil Harold Sewell,Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Reg)and 3rd (Light)Tank

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Remembered Charlton Cemetery,London

    Lieutenant SEWELL, CECIL HAROLD
    Died 29/08/1918

    Aged 23

    Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

    and 3rd (Light) Tank Bn.
    Tank Corps

    V C

    Son of Harry Bolton Sewell and Mary Ann Sewell, of 26 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London. His brothers Harry Kemp Sewell and Herbert Victor Sewell also fell.
    INSCRIPTION
    ALSO IN MEMORY OF LIEUT H.V. SEWELL ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY KILLED 13.11.16. AGE 27 YEARS
    Buried at VAULX HILL CEMETERY

    Location: Pas de Calais, France
    Number of casualties: 600

    Cemetery/memorial reference: I. D. 3.
    CITATION

    An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30982, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following

    '' When in command of a section of Whippet Light Tanks in action this officer displayed most conspicuous bravery and initiative in getting out of his own Tank and crossing open ground under heavy shell and machine-gun fire to rescue the crew of another Whippet of his section which had side slipped into a large shell-hole, overturned and taken fire. The door of the Tank having become jammed against the side of the shell-hole, Lt. Sewell, by his own unaided efforts, dug away the entrance to the door and released the crew. In so doing he undoubtedly saved the lives of the officer and men inside the Tank as they could not have got out without his assistance. After having extricated the crew, seeing one of his own crew lying wounded behind his Tank, he again dashed across the open ground to his assistance. He was hit in doing so, but succeeded in reaching the Tank when a few minutes later he was again hit, fatally, in the act of dressing his wounded driver. During the whole of this period he was within full view and short range of the enemy machine guns and rifle-pits, and throughout, by his prompt and heroic action, showed an utter disregard for his own personal safety."



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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Memorial Victoria Cross paving stone,Gloucester Circus,Greenwich London

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Cecil Harold Sewell
    Birth Date: 27 Jan 1895
    Birth Place: Crooms Hill, Greenwich, South East London
    Death Date: 29 Aug 1918
    Death Place: Fremincourt, France
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    One or two other bits hopefully for interest

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  5. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    His Whippet tank is on permanent display at the Bovington Tank Museum and his VC is also there on temporary display along with the other 3 VCs awarded to Tank Corps personnel in WW1. Not sure how long that temporary display will be in place but the medals will no doubt return to their home in the Ashcroft Collection at the IWM in due course.
     
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