Personal info

  • Name: Thomas Edward RENDLE
  • D.O.B: 14th December, 1884
  • D.O.A: 20th November, 1914
  • D.O.D: 1st June, 1946
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Bandsman, 1st Battalion The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 14th Brigade, 5th Division

Near Wulverghem, Belgium 20 November 1914

20 November 1914

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The First World War 1914 

On the morning of 20 November 1914 German howitzers fired on British trenches at Wulverghem (Wulvergem), a mile or so west of Messines. About 40 yards of trench were blown in, causing heavy casualties. Bandsman T E Rendle went out as a stretcher bearer under heavy fire to rescue the wounded. Some he saved by lying on his back, hooking his feet under their armpits and dragging them backwards to safety. During the afternoon the bombardment intensified and Rendle crawled with a wounded officer, Second Lieutenant R M Colebrook of the 3rd Hampshires, on his back until both reached relative safety.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery on the 20th November, near Wulverghem, when he attended to the wounded under very heavy shell and rifle fire, and rescued men from the trenches in which they had been buried by the blowing in of the parapets by the fire of the enemy’s heavy howitzers. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 January 1915. 11 January 1915, Numb. 29037, p. 365

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