Cyril Edward Gourley

Cyril Edward Gourley

Birth
Liverpool, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Death 31 Jan 1982 (aged 89)
Haslemere, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Burial West Kirby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England
Memorial ID 8025761 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the 276th West Lancashire Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. At the Battle of Cambrai, Epehy France, on November 30, 1917, he was in command of a section of howitzers. During an advance, German forces were within a few hundred yards of him, both to the front and on one flank. Sergeant Gourley managed to keep one gun firing and engaged a machine-gun at 500 yards, knocking it out with a direct hit. All day he held the Germans in check, firing over open sights on enemy parties, which led an enemy withdrawn at nightfall. For conspicuous bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal in February, 1918.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 24 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8025761
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cyril Edward Gourley (19 Jan 1893–31 Jan 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8025761, citing Grange Cemetery, West Kirby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .