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  • Name: Horace WALLER
  • D.O.B: 23rd September, 1896
  • D.O.A: 10th April, 1917
  • D.O.D: 10th April, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 10th Battalion The King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 64th Brigade, 21st Division
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Near Héninel, France 10 April 1917

10 April 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On 9 April 1917, at the beginning of the Battle of Arras, 9th Battalion The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attacked the Hindenburg Line between Héninel and Fontainelès- Croisilles, south-east of Arras and about three miles south of Monchy-le-Preux. The preliminary bombardment had not destroyed enough of the wire for the assault to succeed. 10th Battalion took over on the 10th, and occupied a new communication trench which linked up with the old German front line. Access to the British trenches was guarded by a bombers’ block. The Germans then launched a fierce counter-attack on this vital strategic position.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery when with a bombing section forming a block in the enemy line. A very violent counter-attack was made by the enemy on this post, and although five of the garrison were killed, Pte. Waller continued for more than an hour to throw bombs, and finally repulsed the attack. In the evening the enemy again counter-attacked the post, and all the garrison became casualties except Pte. Waller, who, although wounded later, continued to throw bombs for another half an hour until he was killed. Throughout these attacks he showed the utmost valour, and it was due to his determination that the attacks on this important post were repulsed. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 June 1917. 8 June 1917, Numb. 30122, p. 5706

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