Personal info

  • Name: Alfred Alexander BURT
  • D.O.B: 3rd March, 1895
  • D.O.A: 27th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 9th June, 1962
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 1st Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment, 6th Brigade, 2nd Division

Cuinchy, France 27 September 1915

27 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

1st Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment, was held in reserve at the opening of the Battle of Loos, but was then moved up to relieve 1st Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment) at Cuinchy, just south of the Canal d’Aire, about halfway between Béthune and La Bassée (see 25 September 1915 above).

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery at Cuinchy on 27th September, 1915. His company had lined the front trench preparatory to an attack when a large minenwerfer bomb fell into the trench. Corporal Burt, who well knew the destructive power of this class of bomb, might easily have got under cover behind a traverse, but he immediately went forward, put his foot on the fuse, wrenched it out of the bomb and threw it over the parapet, thus rendering the bomb innocuous. His presence of mind and great pluck saved the lives of others in the traverse. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 21 January 1916. 22 January 1916, Numb. 29447, p. 945

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