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 Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke

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Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke

Birth
Southport, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England
Death 23 Apr 1943 (aged 23)
Tunisia
Burial Borj el Amri (Massicault), Manouba, Tunisia
Plot Row VB, Grave No. 1
Memorial ID 8886004 View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, Lancashire, during the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On St. George's Day, April 23, 1943, at Guirat-el-Atach in Tunisia, Lieutenant Sandys-Clarke's company were attacked and almost wiped out. He was the only surviving officer and, although he was wounded in the head, he gathered together a composite platoon and advanced to attack the enemy, but met with heavy fire from a machine-gun post. He manoeuvred his men to give covering fire and attacked the post single-handed, killing some of the crew, capturing the rest, and neutralising the gun. He dealt with two other posts in a similar fashion and led the platoon to its objective, but was killed when he went forward single-handed to tackle two sniper posts.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 7 Jun 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8886004
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/8886004/willward-alexander-sandys-clarke : accessed ), memorial page for Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke (8 Jun 1919–23 Apr 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8886004, citing Massicault War Cemetery, Borj el Amri (Massicault), Manouba, Tunisia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .