Personal info

  • Name: Harry Blanchard WOOD
  • D.O.B: 21st June, 1882
  • D.O.A: 13th October, 1918
  • D.O.D: 15th August, 1924
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, 3rd Guards Brigade, Guards Division

St-Python, France 13 October 1918

13 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

In the advance towards the River Selle, east of Cambrai, the Guards Division reached the river on 13 October 1918. St-Python is just north-west of Solesmes.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations at the village of St. Python, France, on the 13th of October, 1918. The advance was desperately opposed by machine guns, and the streets were raked by fire. His platoon sergeant was killed, and command of the leading platoon fell to him. The task of the company was to clear the western side of the village and secure the crossing of the River Selle. Command of the ruined bridge had to be gained, though the space in front of it was commanded by snipers. Cpl. Wood boldly carried a large brick out into the open space, lay down behind it, and fired continually at these snipers, ordering his men to work across while he covered them by his fire. This he continued to do under heavy and well-aimed fire until the whole of his party had reached the objective point. He showed complete disregard for his personal safety, and his leadership throughout the day was of the highest order. Later, he drove off repeated enemy counter-attacks against his position. His gallant conduct and initiative shown contributed largely to the success of the day’s operations. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14777

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