World War I centenary: Paving stones to honour heroes

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  1. CL1

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

    Bernard Cassidy,Victoria Cross,Central Park,East Ham.

    CITATION

    An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 30th April, 1918, records the following

    "For most conspicuous bravery, self-sacrifice, and exceptional devotion to duty during an hostile attack. At a time when the flank of the division was in danger, Lt. Cassidy was in command of the left company of his battalion, which was in close support. He was given orders prior to the attack that he must hold on to his position to the last. He most nobly carried this out to the letter. The enemy came on in overwhelming numbers and endeavoured to turn the flank. He, however, continually rallied his men under a terrific bombardment. The enemy were several times cleared out of the trench by his personal leadership. His company was eventually surrounded, but Lt. Cassidy still fought on, encouraging and exhorting his men until he was eventually killed. By his most gallant conduct the whole attack was held up at this point and the left flank was undoubtedly saved from what might have been a disaster."
    Second Lieutenant CASSIDY, BERNARD MATTHEW
    Died 28/03/1918

    Aged 26

    2nd Bn.
    Lancashire Fusiliers

    V C

    Son of Bernard and Julia Cassidy, of 29, Watford Rd., Victoria Docks, London.
    Casualty

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  2. CL1

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

    Brett Cloutman.Victoria Cross,Hornsey War Memorial,Hornsey


    For most conspicuous bravery on the 6th November, 1918, at Pont-sur-Sambre.

    Maj. Cloutman, after reconnoitring the river crossings, found the Quartes Bridge almost intact but prepared for demolition. Leaving his party under cover he went forward alone, swam across the river, and, having cut the "leads" from the charges, returned the same way, despite the fact that the bridge and all approaches thereto were swept by enemy shells and machine-gun fire at close range. Although the bridge was blown up later in the day by other means, the abutments remained intact.[3]

    The bridge had been prepared for demolition by the Germans, and was well defended. By cutting the wires, Cloutman prevented the enemy from blowing it up at the time. He was seen at the bridge, however, and escaped under an intense fire from its guards. The fact that the abutments were not destroyed later meant that the bridge could be more quickly replaced by the Allies.

    This was the last act to win a VC in the First World War.


    Brett Cloutman - Wikipedia


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  3. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Lt (QM) Edward.Benn. Smith, VC, DCM, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

    He is unusual in having gained both the DCM and VC, and in quick succession, during the Hundred Days Offensive.

    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    On 10 August 1918, then a Corporal with the 1/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, he was leading a daylight patrol near Hébuterne in the Somme Area of France to examine points in the German lines where information was required. As the patrol was about to retire, Ned Smith saw a party of about 40 Germans about to take up outpost duty. Despite being heavily outnumbered by the German soldiers, Corporal Smith led his small party of men and engaged the enemy, breaking up the German party and causing severe casualties. As well as receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for this action, Ned Smith was promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant.

    Victoria Cross
    Only 11 days later, during the period 21/23 August 1918, east of Serre, France, Lance-Sergeant Smith while in command of a platoon, personally took a machine-gun post at The Lozenge (Hill 140), rushing the garrison with his rifle and bayonet. The enemy on seeing him coming, scattered to throw hand grenades at him, but heedless of all danger and almost without halting in his rush, this NCO shot at least six of them. Later, seeing another platoon needing assistance, he led his men to them, took command and captured the objective. During an enemy counter-attack the following day he led a section forward and restored a portion of the line. According to the London Gazette Supplement of 18 October 1918:

    "His personal bravery, skill and initiative were outstanding, and his conduct throughout an inspiring example to all
    Edward Smith (VC) - Wikipedia

    Member Ristonvaljos thread on his remembrance day.
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    Edward B "Ned" Smith VC - victoriacross
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    Ned's family headstone in Maryport Cemetery.
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  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    As it was a nice day I went a walk to Carluke to see Thomas Caldwell VC’s Stone, this is at the base of the memorial along with William Angus, the town has now added 3 VC’s to the sign for Caldwell, Angus and Cameron. In the same area as the memorial is another for the 3 VC’s and most decorated soldier plus one for the Lanarkshire Yeomanry
     

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  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Private Robert Matthew Beatham VC. Penrith castle Cumbria.

    On 9 August 1918 at Rosières, east of Amiens, on the second day of the Battle of Amiens, Beatham's battalion was attacking high ground when it was held up by heavy machine gun fire after supporting armour was knocked out of action. Beatham, accompanied by Lance Corporal W. G. Nottingham, made four charges to knock out a series of German machine gun posts holding back the advance of the Australians. Wounded in the leg during the first charge, he was killed taking out a final machine gun post on 11 August.[4] For his gallantry he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). Gazetted on 14 December 1918, the citation for his VC read as follows:

    For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice during the attack north of Rosieres, east of Amiens, on 9th Aug., 1918. When the advance was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Pte. Beatham dashed forward, and, assisted by one man, bombed and fought the crews of four enemy machine guns, killing ten of them and capturing ten others, thus facilitating the advance and saving many casualties. When the final objective was reached, although previously wounded, he again dashed forward and bombed a machine gun, being riddled with bullets and killed in doing so. The valour displayed by this gallant soldier inspired all ranks in a wonderful manner.

    — The London Gazette, 14 December 1918

    Robert Beatham - Wikipedia

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Robert Matthew Beatham
    Birth Date: 16 Jun 1894
    Birth Place: Glassonby, Kirkswald, Penrith, Cumberland
    Birth Place Modern: Cumbria
    Death Date: 11 Aug 1918
    Death Place: Rosiere, East of Amiens, France
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    UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
    Name: Mr R Beatham
    Gender: Male
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: abt 1895
    Departure Date: 18 Jun 1914
    Port of Departure: London, England
    Destination Port: Melbourne, Australia
    Ship Name: Hawkes Bay
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    It would seem that he and his brother emigrated together
    Name: Mr W Beatham
    Gender: Male
    Age: 23
    Birth Date: abt 1891
    Departure Date: 18 Jun 1914
    Port of Departure: London, England
    Destination Port: Melbourne, Australia
    Ship Name: Hawkes Bay


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  7. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Yes TD his younger brother Walter emigrated with him.

    2 of his brothers were killed and another spent 2 years as a POW.
     
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  8. CL1

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

    Victoria Cross: William Williams,Stanton Lacey,Shropshire

    • On 7 June 1917, HMS Pargust (a Q ship) was out in the Atlantic Ocean when her engine room was damaged by a torpedofired from the U-boat SM UC-29. The explosion loosened the gun covers and Seaman Williams, with great presence of mind, took the whole weight on himself and physically prevented the covers from falling and betraying the ship to the enemy.
    The Pargust's 'panic party', the decoy crew carried on every Q ship for the purpose of leaving it apparently abandoned when attacked, took to the lifeboats and the U-boat then surfaced, believing the Pargust to be a crewless and defenceless merchant vessel. When the U-boat was about 50 yards (46 m) away, the captain of HMS Pargust gave the order to fire and the submarine was blown up and sank.

    In the case of a gallant and daring act in which all men are deemed equally brave and deserving of the Victoria Cross a secret ballot is drawn. The crew of HMS Pargust selected William Williams to be the recipient of the award due to a rating in the action.
    William Williams (VC) - Wikipedia

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