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  • Name: Samuel MEEKOSHA
  • D.O.B: 16th September, 1893
  • D.O.A: 19th November, 1915
  • D.O.D: 8th December, 1950
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 1/6th Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment, (Prince of Wales’s Own), 146th Brigade, 49th Division

Yser Canal, near Ypres, Belgium 19 November 1915

19 November 1915

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The First World War 1915 

On 19 November 1915 Corporal S Meekosha was with a platoon in a trench two miles north of Ypres, east of the Yser, when it was shelled. Privates Johnson, Sayers and Wilkinson of the same battalion, who assisted him, were all awarded the DCM.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery near the Yser on 19th November, 1915. He was with a platoon of about 20 Non-Commissioned Officers and men, who were holding an isolated trench. During a very heavy bombardment by the enemy six of the platoon were killed and seven wounded, while all the remainder were more or less buried. When the senior Non-Commissioned Officers had been either killed or wounded Corporal Meekosha at once took command, sent a runner for assistance, and, in spite of no less than 10 more big shells falling within 20 yards of him, continued to dig out the wounded and buried men in full view of the enemy and at close range from the German trenches. By his promptness and magnificent courage and determination he saved at least four lives. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 21 January 1916. 22 January 1916, Numb. 29447, p. 946

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