Personal info

  • Name: Harry CHRISTIAN
  • D.O.B: 17th January, 1892
  • D.O.A: 19th October, 1915
  • D.O.D: 2nd September, 1974
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2nd Battalion The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), 83rd Brigade, 28th Division

Cuinchy, France 19 October 1915

19 October 1915

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The First World War 1915 

On 15 October 1915, 2nd Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment took over a section of trenches at Cuinchy on the south bank of the Canal d’Aire, about halfway between Béthune and La Bassée.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. He was holding a crater with five or six men in front of our trenches. The enemy commenced a very heavy bombardment of the position with heavy “minenwerfer” bombs, forcing a temporary withdrawal. When he found that three men were missing, Private Christian at once returned alone to the crater, and, although bombs were continually bursting actually on the edge of the crater, he found, dug out, and carried one by one into safety all three men, thereby undoubtedly saving their lives. Later he placed himself where he could see the bombs coming, and directed his comrades when and where to seek cover. 

The London Gazette of 3 March 1916, Numb. 29496, p. 2349

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