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  • Name: George William St George GROGAN
  • D.O.B: 1st September, 1875
  • D.O.A: 29th May, 1918
  • D.O.D: 3rd January, 1962
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Brigadier General, The Worcestershire Regiment, Commanding 23rd Brigade, 8th Division

Near Jonchery-sur-Vesle, France 27-29 May 1918

27-29 May 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 27 May 1918, when the Germans launched the Third Battle of the Aisne, Temporary Brigadier General G W St G Grogan was commanding 23rd Brigade in the area of Jonchery, on the Vesle between Fismes and Rheims to the east. For three days Grogan led a stubborn resistance to the German advance but despite his outstanding gallantry the enemy pushed south of the River Vesle and Grogan was forced by stages to withdraw his men south towards Montazin on the Savigny road.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and leadership throughout three days of intense fighting. Brigadier-General Grogan was, except for a few hours, in command of the remnants of the Infantry of a Division and various attached troops. His action during the whole of the battle can only be described as magnificent. The utter disregard for his personal safety, combined with the sound practical ability which he displayed, materially helped to stay the onward thrust of the enemy masses. Throughout the third day of operations, a most critical day, he spent his time under artillery, trench mortar, rifle and machine-gun fire, riding up and down the front line encouraging his troops, reorganising those who had fallen into disorder, leading back into the line those who were beginning to retire, and setting such a wonderful example that he inspired with his enthusiasm not only his own men but also the Allied troops who were alongside. As a result the line held and repeated enemy attacks were repulsed. He had one horse shot under him, but nevertheless continued on foot to encourage his men until another horse was brought. He displayed throughout the highest valour, powers of command and leadership. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 23 July 1918. 25 July 1918, Numb. 30811, p. 8723

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