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  • Name: David JONES
  • D.O.B: 10th January, 1891
  • D.O.D: 7th October, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 12th Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 61st Brigade, 20th Division
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Guillemont, France 3-5 September 1916

3-5 September 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

At Guillemont the Germans had withstood attacks on 30 July (see above) and 8 and 9 August 1916 (see above). The village was finally taken on 3 September by forces which included the 10th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, the 6th Connaught Rangers, the 12th King’s (Liverpool) Regiment and the 7th Leinster Regiment. The advance continued east towards Ginchy over the following days but was fiercely contested.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty, and ability displayed in the handling of his platoon. The platoon to which he belonged was ordered to a forward position, and during the advance came under heavy machine gun fire, the officer being killed and the platoon suffering heavy losses. Serjeant Jones led forward the remainder, occupied the position, and held it for two days and two nights without food or water, until relieved. On the second day he drove back three counter-attacks, inflicting heavy losses. His coolness was most praiseworthy. It was due entirely to his resource and example that his men retained confidence and held their post. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 October 1916. 26 October 1916, Numb. 29802, p. 10395

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