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  • Name: Frederick George ROOM
  • D.O.B: 31st May, 1895
  • D.O.A: 16th August, 1917
  • D.O.D: 19th January, 1932
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Acting Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, 48th Brigade, 16th Division
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Hill 70, near Lens, France 15-17 August 1917

15-17 August 1917

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The First World War 1917 

Hill 70, in fact a low ridge, lay east of Loos and north of Lens on the road south from La Bassée. Atop it was a German redoubt, which commanded the surrounding area. It had been attacked by the British on 25-26 September 1915 (qv) during the Battle of Loos but had been held by the Germans. On 15 August 1917 it was taken by Canadian troops and fighting continued there until the 25th (see 18, 21-24 August 1917 below). Six Canadians were to be awarded the VC for their gallantry during the whole engagement. In the course of the battle, on 16 August the Germans counter-attacked a trench known as the Chalk Pit, which the Canadians had captured the day before. Two stretcher-bearers were killed and 11 wounded out of the 16 that were assigned to the 7th Battalion The British Columbia Regiment.


 For most conspicuous bravery when in charge of his company stretcher-bearers. During the day the company had many casualties, principally from enemy machine guns and snipers. The company was holding a line of shell-holes and short trenches. L./Cpl. Room worked continuously under intense fire, dressing the wounded and helping to evacuate them. Throughout this period, with complete disregard for his own life, he showed unremitting devotion to his duties. By his courage and fearlessness he was the means of saving many of his comrades lives. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 October 1917. 17 October 1917, Numb. 30338, p. 10678

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