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  • Name: George Arthur BOYD-ROCHFORT
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1880
  • D.O.A: 3rd Aug, 1915
  • D.O.D: 7th Jan, 1940
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, 4th (Guards) Brigade, 2nd Division.
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Between Cambrin and La Bassée, France 3 August 1915

3 August 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The Scots Guards manned the trenches south of the Canal d’Aire between Cambrin and La Bassée. Second Lieutenant G A Boyd-Rochfort commanded one of the working parties sent out each night to maintain the trenches.


 For most conspicuous bravery in the trenches between Cambrin and La Bassee on 3rd August, 1915. At 2 a.m. a German trench mortar bomb landed on the side of the parapet of the communication trench in which he stood, close to a small working party of his Battalion. He might easily have stepped back a few yards round the corner into perfect safety, but, shouting to his men to look out, he rushed at the bomb, seized it and hurled it over the parapet, where it at once exploded. There is no doubt that this splendid combination of presence of mind and courage saved the lives of many of the working party. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 31 August 1915. 1 September 1915, Numb. 29281, p. 8700

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