Personal info

  • Name: Rev William Robert Fountaine ADDISON
  • D.O.B: 18th September, 1883
  • D.O.A: 9th April, 1916
  • D.O.D: 7th January, 1962
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, Army Chaplains’ Department, attached to 38th Infantry Brigade, 13th Division

Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia 9 April 1916

9 April 1916

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The First World War Mesopotamia 1915-1918 

Following the failure of the first assault on Sanna-i-Yat on 6 April 1916, the British advanced their front line and in the early morning of 9 April launched a second assault on the Turkish positions there. In the dark the British advance became disorganized and, though for a time parts of the Turkish front line were captured, the British were pushed back, eventually consolidating a line four hundred yards short of the Turkish trenches. Many British troops finding themselves in exposed positions dug trenches for better cover.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. He carried a wounded man to the cover of a trench, and assisted several others to the same cover, after binding up their wounds under heavy rifle and machine gun fire. In addition to these unaided efforts, by his splendid example and utter disregard of personal danger, he encouraged the stretcher-bearers to go forward under heavy fire and collect the wounded. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 26 September 1916. 26 September1916, Numb. 29765, p. 9417

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