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  • Name: Alfred WILCOX
  • D.O.B: 16th December, 1884
  • D.O.A: 12th September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 30th March, 1954
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 2/4th Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 184th Brigade, 61st Division

Laventie, France 12 September 1918

12 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

From the middle of August 1918 Fifth Army had been advancing steadily eastwards through the Estaires salient and had retaken Laventie, south-west of Armentières. However, the Germans were determined to hold on to Armentières itself, which did not fall to the British until 2 October. On 12 September 1918 2/4th Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was seeking to push forward and consolidate the front line north-east of Laventie.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack when his company was held up by heavy and persistent machine-gun fire at close range. On his own initiative, with four men he rushed ahead to the nearest enemy gun, bombed it, killed the gunner, and put the gun out of action. Being then attacked by an enemy bombing party, Cpl. Wilcox picked up enemy bombs and led his party against the next gun, finally capturing and destroying it. Although left with only one man, he continued bombing and captured a third gun. He again bombed up the trench, captured a fourth gun, and then rejoined his platoon. Cpl. Wilcox displayed in this series of successful individual enterprises exceptional valour, judgment, and initiative. 

Seventh Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 November 1918. 15 November 1918, Numb. 31012, p. 13473

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