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  • Name: Charles Geoffrey VICKERS
  • D.O.B: 13th October, 1894
  • D.O.A: 14th October, 1915
  • D.O.D: 16th March, 1982
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Captain, 1/7th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), 139th Brigade

Hohenzollern Redoubt, near Haisnes, France 13, 14 October 1915

13, 14 October 1915

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The First World War 1915 

The Hohenzollern Redoubt had been the scene of fierce fighting since the beginning of the Battle of Loos. It had mostly fallen to the British on 25 September 1915 but was recaptured by the Germans on 3 October. On 13 October, as part of their final offensive during the Battle of Loos, the British attempted a further assault on it, using gas. Some of the cylinders began to leak, threatening disaster in the British trenches. The situation was saved by the gallantry of Corporal J L Dawson. At 5.30am the following day fifty men of D Company, 1/7th Sherwood Foresters, under Temporary Captain C G Vickers, relieved exhausted bombers in ‘Little Willie’ Trench, which approached the Redoubt from the north. Vickers himself hurled bombs over the barricade towards the Redoubt, while the Germans reciprocated. He also ordered a second barricade to be built behind him in the trench 30 yards to the north. This had been completed by the time the Germans destroyed the first barrier.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on 14th October, 1915, in the Hohenzollern redoubt. When nearly all his men had been killed or wounded, and with only two men available to hand him bombs, Captain Vickers held a barrier for some hours against heavy German bomb attacks from front and flank. Regardless of the fact that his own retreat would be cut off, he had ordered a second barrier to be built behind him in order to ensure the safety of the trench. Finally he was severely wounded, but not before his magnificent courage and determination had enabled the second barrier to be completed. A critical situation was thus saved. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 November 1915. 18 November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11448

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