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  • Name: Arthur Hugh Henry BATTEN-POOLL
  • D.O.B: 25th Oct, 1891
  • D.O.A: 25th Jun, 1916
  • D.O.D: 21st Jan, 1971
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion The Royal Munster Fusiliers
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Cité Calonne, France 25 June 1916

25 June 1916

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The First World War 1916 

Lieutenant A H H Batten-Pooll’s gallant action took place on 25 June 1916 near Cité Calonne, a mining village between Grenay and Liévin, west of Lens, France.


 For most conspicuous bravery whilst in command of a raiding party. At the moment of entry into the enemy’s lines he was severely wounded by a bomb, which broke and mutilated all the fingers of his right hand. In spite of this he continued to direct operations with unflinching courage, his voice being clearly heard cheering on and directing his men. He was urged, but refused, to retire. Half an hour later, during the withdrawal, while personally assisting in the rescue of other wounded men, he received two further wounds. Still refusing assistance, he walked unaided to within 100 yards of our lines, when he fainted, and was carried in by the covering party. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 4 August 1916. 5 August 1916, Numb. 29695, p. 7743

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