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PVT George William Chafer

PVT George William Chafer

Birth
Bradford, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Death 1 Mar 1966 (aged 71)
Rotherham, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Burial Rotherham, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Plot (Ashes interred on the grounds of the Community Youth Civic Centre, Rotherham)
Memorial ID 10043830 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Private in C Company, of the 1st Battalion, 1st East Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. During heavy bombardment and attack on British trenches at Méaulte, France, on June 3, 1816, a man carrying an important message to his commanding officer was half buried and rendered unconscious by a shell. Private Chafer at once grasping the situation, on his own initiative, took the message from the man's pocket and although severely wounded, choking and blinded by gas, ran along the ruined parapet under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. He just succeeded in delivering the message before he collapsed from the effects of his wounds. For most prestigious gallantry, he was later awarded the Victoria Cross. He survived his wounds and after the war, he was a poultry farmer before taking a job with the Ministry of Labor and National Service.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 6 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10043830
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT George William Chafer (16 Apr 1894–1 Mar 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10043830, citing Rotherham Crematorium, Rotherham, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .