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  • Name: Eric Archibald McNAIR
  • D.O.B: 16th Jun, 1894
  • D.O.A: 14th Feb, 1916
  • D.O.D: 12th Aug, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, 9th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment
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Near Hooge, Belgium 14 February 1916

14 February 1916

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The First World War 1916 

On 14 February 1916 near Hooge, in the Ypres salient, the Germans exploded a mine under a British position which caused severe casualties and left many men buried in the crater.


 For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy exploded a mine, Lieutenant McNair and many men of two platoons were hoisted into the air, and many men were buried. But, though much shaken, he at once organized a party with a machine-gun to man the near edge of the crater and opened rapid fire on a large party of the enemy, who were advancing. The enemy were driven back, leaving many dead. Lieutenant McNair then ran back for reinforcements, and sent to another unit for bombs, ammunition and tools to replace those buried. The communication trench being blocked, he went across the open under heavy fire and led up the reinforcements the same way. His prompt and plucky action and example undoubtedly saved the situation. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 28 March 1916. 30 March 1916, Numb. 29527, p. 3409

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