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 James Welch

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Birth
Stratfield Saye, Basingstoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England
Death
28 Jun 1978 (aged 88)
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Burial
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Memorial ID
8111724 View Source

World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. In the First World War, he served as a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. On April 29, 1917, his unit was in a forward advance against German lines at Oppy, France. Lance-Corporal Welch entered an enemy trench killing one man, then armed with an empty revolver, he chased four of the enemy in the open and captured them single-handed. Manning the enemy machine-gun for over five hours, he more than once went into the open, exposed to heavy fire, to collect ammunition to keep his guns in action, until wounded by a shell. For fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal and promoted Sergeant.

World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. In the First World War, he served as a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. On April 29, 1917, his unit was in a forward advance against German lines at Oppy, France. Lance-Corporal Welch entered an enemy trench killing one man, then armed with an empty revolver, he chased four of the enemy in the open and captured them single-handed. Manning the enemy machine-gun for over five hours, he more than once went into the open, exposed to heavy fire, to collect ammunition to keep his guns in action, until wounded by a shell. For fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal and promoted Sergeant.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson
  • Added: 21 Nov 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 8111724
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8111724/james-welch: accessed ), memorial page for James Welch (7 Jul 1889–28 Jun 1978), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8111724, citing Bournemouth Crematorium and North Cemetery, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England; Maintained by Find a Grave .