Personal info

  • Name: Ernest Wright ALEXANDER
  • D.O.B: 2nd October, 1870
  • D.O.A: 24th August, 1914
  • D.O.D: 25th August, 1934
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Major, 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, 27th Brigade, 5th Division

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery and great ability at Elouges on 24th August, 1914, when the flank guard was attacked by a German corps, in handling his battery against overwhelming odds with such conspicuous success that all his guns were saved, notwithstanding that they had to be withdrawn by hand by himself and three other men. This enabled the retirement of the 5th Division to be carried out without serious loss. Subsequently Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander (then Major) rescued a wounded man under a heavy fire, with the greatest gallantry and devotion to duty. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 February 1915. 18 February 1915, Numb. 29074, p. 1699

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