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  • Name: Theodore William Henry VEALE
  • D.O.B: 11th November, 1892
  • D.O.A: 20th July, 1916
  • D.O.D: 6th November, 1980
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 8th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment, 20th Brigade, 7th Division
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High Wood (Bois des Fourcaux), France 20 July 1916

20 July 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

Private T W H Veale was awarded the VC for his gallant rescue of Lieutenant Eric (later Sir Eric) Savill on 20 July 1916 during an unsuccessful attack on High Wood (Bois des Fourcaux), north-west of Longueval, east of the road to Martinpuich. High Wood was not cleared of Germans for another two months.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. Hearing that a wounded officer was lying out in front, Private Veale went out in search, and found him lying amidst growing corn within fifty yards of the enemy. He dragged the officer to a shell hole, returned for water and took it out. Finding he could not single-handed carry in the officer, he returned for assistance, and took out two volunteers. One of the party was killed when carrying the officer, and heavy fire necessitated leaving the officer in a shell hole. At dusk Private Veale went out again with volunteers to bring in the officer. Whilst doing this an enemy patrol was observed approaching. Private Veale at once went back and procured a Lewis gun, and with the fire of the gun he covered the party, and the officer was finally carried to safety. The courage and determination displayed was of the highest order. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 September 1916. 9 September 1916, Numb. 29740, pp. 8871-72

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