World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award on December 19, 1918 from British King George V for his actions as a corporal in the 15th (The King's) Hussars, British Army on August 23, 1914 at Harmingnies, France and on September 3, 1914 at Danmartin, France during World War I. Born in Willesden Green, London, England, he joined the British Army following the outbreak of World War I and sent to the Western Front where he saw combat at the Battle of Mons in August 1914, the opening battle of World War I. Two month later, at the Battle of La Bassee, he was taken prisoner and held until November 1918 following the German surrender, rejoined his unit in England and promoted to the rank of sergeant. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received the British War Medal (1914-1920), the 1914 Star (with 5th Aug-22nd Nov clasp), and the Victory Medal (1914-1919). He died in Beeston, Nottingham, England at the age of 81. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "At Harmignies on 23rd August volunteered to cut wire which enabled his squadron to escape. At Danmartin he carried a man out of action. On 3rd September, when under maxim fire, he extricated a sergeant whose horse had been shot, and by opening fire for 3 minutes enabled the sergeant to get away safely." His Victoria Cross and other medals are on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.
Bio by: William Bjornstad