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  • Name: John Henry Stephen DIMMER
  • D.O.B: 9th Oct, 1883
  • D.O.A: 12th Nov, 1914
  • D.O.D: 21st Mar, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 4th Brigade, 1st Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Klein Zillebeke, Belgium 12 November 1914

12 November 1914

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The First World War 1914 

On 12 November 1914 the Prussian Guard attacked the British line at Klein Zillebeke, two miles south-east of Ypres. Lieutenant J H S Dimmer, 2nd Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC), machine-gunned large numbers of Prussians. When his gun jammed he stood on the parapet to fix it and was shot in the jaw. On a second occasion, he was hit in the shoulder. He was also hit by shrapnel, which finally destroyed his gun. The Germans retreated before reaching the British trenches.


 This Officer served his Machine Gun during the attack on the 12th November at Klein Zillebeke until he had been shot five times – three times by shrapnel and twice by bullets, and continued at his post until his gun was destroyed. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 17 November 1914. 19 November 1914, Numb. 28980, p. 9513

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