Personal info

  • Name: Robert DOWNIE
  • D.O.B: 12th January, 1894
  • D.O.A: 23rd October, 1916
  • D.O.D: 18th April, 1968
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 10th Brigade, 4th Division

Lesboeufs-Le Transloy, France 23 October 1916

23 October 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

On 23 October 1916 British forces around Lesboeufs attacked German positions in front of Le Transloy, south-east of Bapaume. 2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, took part in the action.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. When most of the officers had become casualties, this Non-Commissioned Officer, utterly regardless of personal danger, moved about under heavy fire and reorganised the attack, which had been temporarily checked. At the critical moment he rushed forward alone, shouting, “Come on the Dubs.” This stirring appeal met with immediate response, and the line rushed forward at his call. Serjeant Downie accounted for several of the enemy, and in addition captured a machine gun, killing the team. Though wounded early in the fight, he remained with this company, and gave valuable assistance whilst the position was being consolidated. It was owing to Serjeant Downie’s courage and initiative that this important position, which had resisted four or five previous attacks, was won. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 November 1916. 25 November 1916, Numb. 29836, p. 11526

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