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  • Name: George Edward CATES
  • D.O.B: 8th May, 1892
  • D.O.A: 8th Mar, 1917
  • D.O.D: 9th Mar, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), 25th Brigade, 8th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Bouchavesnes, France 8 March 1917

8 March 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On 4 March 1917 the British attacked the German line south of the road from Bouchavesnes to Moislains, south-east of Combles. The 2nd Rifle Brigade formed part of the reserve and during the following days assisted in the consolidation of British gains.


 For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. When engaged with some other men in deepening a captured trench this officer struck with his spade a buried bomb, which immediately started to burn. 2nd Lt. Cates, in order to save the lives of his comrades, placed his foot on the bomb, which immediately exploded. He showed the most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in performing the act which cost him his life, but saved the lives of others. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 11 May 1917. 11 May 1917, Numb. 30064, p. 4587

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