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  • Name: Harry Sherwood RANKEN
  • D.O.B: 3rd Sep, 1883
  • D.O.A: 20th Sep, 1914
  • D.O.D: 25th Sep, 1914
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1st Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Hautevesnes, France 19-20 September 1914

19-20 September 1914

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The First World War 1914 

During the Battle of the Marne, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps saw action against the Germans on 9-10 September 1914 at Hautevesnes, west of Château Thierry and about halfway between Paris and Rheims. The Germans then withdrew to the River Aisne. On 19 September, Captain H S Ranken, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1st Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was badly wounded in the leg while tending troops at La Bouvette Wood but insisted on carrying on for as long as he was able. His leg was subsequently amputated and he died as a result of his injuries.


 For tending wounded in the trenches under rifle and shrapnel fire at Hautvesnes on 19th September, and on 20th September continuing to attend to wounded after his thigh and leg had been shattered. (He has since died of his wounds.) 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 November 1914. 16 November 1914, Numb. 28976, p. 9374. Repeated in The London Gazette of 17 November 1914, Numb. 28977, p. 9403

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