- Name: James WELCH
- D.O.B: 7th July, 1889
- D.O.A: 29th April, 1917
- D.O.D: 28th June, 1978
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 99th Brigade, 2nd Division
Near Oppy, France 29 April 1917
29 April 1917
The First World War 1917
Oppy was just over a mile north of Gavrelle and the action there on 29 April 1917 was part of the wider assault on the Hindenburg Line. 1st Battalion The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) attacked the German positions near Oppy but after initial progress was forced to withdraw to its former front line.
For most conspicuous bravery. On entering the enemy trench, he killed one man after a severe hand-to-hand struggle. Armed only with an empty revolver, L/Cpl. Welch then chased four of the enemy across the open and captured them single-handed. He handled his machine gun with the utmost fearlessness, and more than once went into the open fully exposed to heavy fire at short range, to search for and collect ammunition and spare parts in order to keep his guns in action, which he succeeded in doing for over five hours till wounded by a shell. He showed throughout the utmost valour and initiative.