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  • Name: Hubert William LEWIS
  • D.O.B: 1st May, 1896
  • D.O.A: 23rd Oct, 1916
  • D.O.D: 22nd Feb, 1977
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 11th Battalion The Welsh Regiment
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Macˇukovo (Evzonoi ), Greece 22-23 October 1916

22-23 October 1916

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The First World War 1916 

In support of their hard-pressed Serbian allies Allied troops had landed at the Greek port of Salonika on 5 October 1915. The valley of the River Vardar (Axios) which entered the Aegean to the west of the city formed a natural corridor into Macedonia. Within a fortnight Bulgaria, which had been steadily inclining towards the Central Powers, had declared war on Serbia and the Allies, and Serbia had been defeated. In August 1916 German and Bulgarian troops launched an assault on the Allied Front north of Salonika. After early reverses the Allies succeeded in holding the enemy and began to plan a counter-attack. To provide a diversion to assist French operations during the Monastir offensive to the west, the British launched a series of raids against the Germans at Macˇukovo, to the east of the Vardar, about forty miles north-west of Salonika. There had been a major action here on 13 and 14 September 1916 and further British raids took place on 18, 20 and 22 October. This last raid was the first time 11th Battalion The Welsh Regiment had seen action.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during a raid. On reaching the enemy trenches Private Lewis was twice wounded, but refused to be attended to, and showed great gallantry in searching enemy dug-outs. He was again wounded and again refused attendance. At this point three of the enemy were observed to be approaching, and Private Lewis immediately attacked them single-handed, capturing all. Subsequently, during the retirement, he went to the assistance of a wounded man, and under heavy shell and rifle fire brought him to our lines, on reaching which he collapsed. Private Lewis showed throughout a brilliant example of courage, endurance and devotion to duty. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 15 December 1916. 15 December 1916, Numb. 29866, pp. 12307-08

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