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  • Name: Richard Basil Brandram JONES
  • D.O.B: 30th April, 1897
  • D.O.A: 21st May, 1916
  • D.O.D: 21st May, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, 8th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Vimy, France 21 May 1916

21 May 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

Vimy Ridge extended 9 miles north from the River Scarpe to the River Souche. The Germans held the crest, which gave them an extensive view of Allied positions to the west. On 21 May 1916 after an intensive bombardment, the Germans launched an attack in the Berthonval Sector. Lieutenant R B B Jones’ platoon, which was holding a position recently captured from the Germans at Broadmarsh Crater, was among the British troops overwhelmed by the assault.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. He was holding with his platoon a crater recently captured from the enemy. About 7.30 p.m. the enemy exploded a mine forty yards to his right, and at the same time put a heavy barrage of fire on our trenches, thus isolating the platoon. They then attacked in overwhelming numbers. Lt. Jones kept his men together, steadying them by his fine example, and shot no less than fifteen of the enemy as they advanced, counting them aloud as he did so to cheer his men. When his ammunition was expended he took a bomb, but was shot through the head while getting up to throw it. His splendid courage had so encouraged his men that when they had no more ammunition or bombs they threw stones and ammunition boxes at the enemy till only nine of the platoon were left. Finally they were compelled to retire. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 4 August 1916. 5 August 1916, Numb. 29695, pp. 7743-44

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