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  • Name: Cyril Gordon MARTIN
  • D.O.B: 19th Dec, 1891
  • D.O.A: 12th Mar, 1915
  • D.O.D: 14th Aug, 1980
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 56th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, 7th Brigade, 3rd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Spanbroek Moelen, Belgium 12 March 1915

12 March 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The British feared the transfer of German reinforcements from the Ypres Salient to the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. To discourage such a move, at 2.30pm on 12 March, the 7th Brigade of 3rd Division attacked the enemy line at Spanbroek Moelen, just over a mile north of Wulverghem, west of Messines and south of Ypres. Despite already having a flesh wound in his hip, Lieutenant C G Martin, Royal Engineers, led a party of six bombers from 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment against a part of the German line that was holding up the advance. They quickly drove the enemy out and held their ground against counterattacks for two and a half hours, before receiving orders to join in a general withdrawal. Lieutenant Martin was awarded the Victoria Cross and each of his six bombers received the DCM.


 For most conspicuous bravery at Spanbroek Molen on 12th March, 1915, when in command of a grenade throwing party of six rank and file. Although wounded early in the action, he led his party into the enemy’s trenches and held back their reinforcements for nearly 2½ hours, until the evacuation of the captured trench was ordered. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 April 1915. 19 April 1915, Numb. 29135, p. 3815

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