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 Post subject: 11/11/11 Remembrance day.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Today in the UK, it's remembrance day. I thought it would be a good idea, to put up a little topic just for today, and to remember a few of those soldiers who gave there lives, serving not only his country, but his brothers in arms.

At 18, Private George Peachment was one of the youngest ever to be awarded the VC.
He enlisted in his home town of Bury, Lancashire, in 1915 and went to France later the same year serving with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. The Battle of Loos began in earnest at 6.30am on September 25, 1915.
When the British used poison gas, it drifted back on their own men forcing many “over the top” to escape the fumes. Two enemy machine-guns took a terrible toll on the advancing British soldiers.
The attack faltered and, after many had taken cover in shell holes, those who survived began to struggle back to their own trenches. Peachment was one of those who did not return due to his courage in going to the aid of his commanding officer.
The London Gazette detailed his bravery when it announced his VC on November 18, 1915: “During very heavy fighting, when our front line was compelled to retire in order to reorganise, Private Peachment, seeing his Company Commander, Capt Dubs, lying wounded, crawled to assist him. The enemy’s fire was intense, but… Private Peachment never thought of saving himself.
“He knelt in the open by the officer and tried to help him, but while doing this he was first wounded by a bomb and a minute later mortally wounded by a rifle bullet. He was one of the youngest men in his battalion, and gave this splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice.”
Dubs survived and wrote a moving letter to Peachment’s mother: “Your son died the finest death that man can die, he showed the greatest gallantry a man can show; and I hope these facts may help you in your sad loss, together with the fact that he was spared all pain and suffering.”


Noel Chavasse is one of just three men to be awarded the VC and Bar – the equivalent of a double VC. A qualified doctor, he served in France and Belgium with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War and was attached to the 10th King’s (Liverpool Scottish) Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in June 1915, when he spent 48 hours in no-man’s land searching for and tending wounded troops. Afterwards, he asked one of his sisters to buy 1,000 pairs of socks and other comforts out of his own money for the men in his battalion.
Captain Chavasse was awarded the VC for bravery at Guillemont on August 9-10, 1916, when he tended wounded men all day under a heavy fire and then searched for other injured soldiers at night in front of the enemy lines. During daylight hours the next day, he rescued still more men despite being wounded. During the two days, it was estimated he saved the lives of 20 men.
At the third Battle of Ypres in the summer of 1917, an attempt was made to recapture the Passchendaele Ridge from July 31. On the first evening, Chavasse received a skull wound. He had his injury bandaged but he refused to be evacuated. Time and again, under heavy enemy fire, he went into no-man’s land to search for and treat wounded soldiers.
In the early hours of August 2, weary, hungry and in great pain, Chavasse was finally taking a rest at a first aid post, when it was struck by a shell. He now had at least six injuries but crawled half a mile to get help for the wounded. By now his face was unrecognisable and he had a major wound to his abdomen. As he lay dying, he dictated a letter to his fiancée in which he explained that “duty called and duty must be obeyed”. He died at 2pm on August 4, 1917, aged 32. The Bar to Chavasse’s VC was announced in September 1917 when the citation praised “his extraordinary energy and inspiring example”. He was the only man to be awarded the VC and Bar during the Great War and he has at least 12 memorials dedicated to him – more than any other VC holder in the world.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAK74hf6Ums

Feel free to post Stories about other men, and women who have died in the line of duty, be those relatives, or those who have committed heroic acts. Or talk about some one who is serving as we speak, so all can be remember.

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