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  • Name: George William CHAFER
  • D.O.B: 16th Apr, 1894
  • D.O.A: 3rd Jun, 1916
  • D.O.D: 2nd Mar, 1966
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment
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Sources & Acknowledgements

Méaulte, France 3 June 1916

3 June 1916

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The First World War 1916 

Private G W Chafer distinguished himself by his gallantry east of Méaulte, a village just south of the town of Albert.


 For most conspicuous bravery. During a very heavy hostile bombardment and attack on our trenches, a man carrying an important written message to his Company Commander was half buried and rendered unconscious by a shell. Private Chafer, at once grasping the situation, on his own initiative took the message from the man’s pocket, and, although severely wounded in three places, ran along the ruined parapet under heavy shell and machine gun fire and just succeeded in delivering it before he collapsed from the effect of his wounds. He displayed great initiative and a splendid devotion to duty at a critical moment. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 4 August 1916. 5 August 1916, Numb. 29695, p. 7744

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