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Wilfrith Elstob
Birth: Sep. 8, 1888
Death: Mar. 21, 1918

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously on June 9, 1919 for his actions as a lieutenant colonel commanding the 16th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, of the British Army on March 21, 1918 at the Battle of Manchester Hill near Saint Quentin, France. Born in Chichester, Sussex, England, his father was an Episcopalian priest. He received his formal education at Christ's Hospital (or The Bluecoat School) in Horsham, West Sussex, England. Following the outbreak of World War I in July 1914 he joined the Manchester Regiment of the British Army. He was killed in combat on the first day of the German Spring Offensive near San Quentin at the age of 29 and his body was never recovered or identified. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice during operations at Manchester Redoubt, near St. Quentin, on the 21 March 1918. During the preliminary bombardment he encouraged his men in the posts in the Redoubt by frequent visits, and when repeated attacks developed controlled the defence at the points threatened, giving personal support with revolver, rifle and bombs. Single-handed he repulsed one bombing assault driving back the enemy and inflicting severe casualties. Later, when ammunition was required, he made several journeys under severe fire in order to replenish the supply. Throughout the day Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob, although twice wounded, showed the most fearless disregard of his own safety, and by his encouragement and noble example inspired his command to the fullest degree. The Manchester Redoubt was surrounded in the first wave of the enemy attack, but by means of the buried cable Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob was able to assure his Brigade Commander that "The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last." Sometime after this post was overcome by vastly superior forces, and this very gallant officer was killed in the final assault, having maintained to the end the duty which he had impressed on his men - namely, "Here we fight, and here we die." He set throughout the highest example of valour, determination, endurance and fine soldierly bearing." In addition to the Victoria Cross, he was awarded the Distinguished Order and the British Military Cross. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, at Ashton Town Hall, Ashton-under-Lyne, England. In addition to the Pozieres Memorial, he is commemorated on the war memorial in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England and the All Saints Church in Siddington, Cheshire, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Pozieres Memorial
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France
Plot: Panel 64 to 67 (No known grave)
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Record added: Sep 16, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9467778
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Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: May. 18, 2017
RIP. You gave all for the price of freedom. I hope you rest well with Jesus and no one can ever harm you again. Ya'll did what not many people can even begin to imagine, for freedom. God speed.
- nag from Ole Miss
 Added: Apr. 25, 2017

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 Added: Nov. 7, 2015
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