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  • Name: John CUNNINGHAM
  • D.O.B: 28th June, 1897
  • D.O.A: 13th November, 1916
  • D.O.D: 20th February, 1941
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 12th Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment, 92nd Brigade, 31st Division
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Hébuterne, France 13 November 1916

13 November 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

On 13 November 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Ancre, the British attacked the German line west of Bapaume between Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval. 12th Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment, 92nd Brigade, 31st Division, provided cover to the left flank by attacking at Hébuterne Sector, north-west of Beaumont-Hamel. Unfortunately the attack by the Suffolk Regiment at Serre to the south-east of Hébuterne was less successful and forced the 92nd Brigade to withdraw from the positions it had taken. In the main action, however, the British succeeded in taking Beaumont-Hamel.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and resource during operations. After the enemy’s front line had been captured, Pte. Cunningham proceeded with a bombing section up a communication trench. Much opposition was encountered, and the rest of the section became casualties. Collecting all the bombs from the casualties, this gallant soldier went on alone. Having expended all his bombs, he returned for a fresh supply and again proceeded to the communication trench, where he met a party of ten of the enemy. These he killed and cleared the trench up to the enemy line. His conduct throughout the day was magnificent. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 January 1917. 13 January 1917, Numb. 29901, p. 559

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