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  • Name: John ERSKINE
  • D.O.B: 13th Jan, 1894
  • D.O.A: 22nd Jun, 1916
  • D.O.D: 14th Apr, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Acting Sergeant, 5th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (TF)
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Givenchy, France 22 June 1916

22 June 1916

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The First World War 1916 

Acting Sergeant J Erskine undertook his gallant rescue on the front line at Givenchy, just north of the Canal d’Aire, about midway between Béthune and La Bassée.


 For most conspicuous bravery. Whilst the near lip of a crater, caused by the explosion of a large enemy mine, was being consolidated, Actg. Sergt. Erskine rushed out under continuous fire with utter disregard of danger and rescued a wounded serjeant and a private. Later, seeing his officer, who was believed to be dead, show signs of movement, he ran out to him, bandaged his head, and remained with him for fully an hour, though repeatedly fired at, whilst a shallow trench was being dug to them. He then assisted in bringing in his officer, shielding him with his own body in order to lessen the chance of his being hit again. 

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

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