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  • Name: Philip Eric BENT
  • D.O.B: 3rd January, 1891
  • D.O.A: 1st October, 1917
  • D.O.D: 1st October, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, commanding 9th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment, 110th Brigade, 21st Division
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Near Polygon Wood, Belgium 1 October 1917

1 October 1917

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The First World War 1917 

As the British advanced eastwards across the Gheluvelt Plateau, the Germans launched a number of counter-attacks in an attempt to hold them back. Lieutenant Colonel P E Bent, 9th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment, by his gallant leadership helped repulse such an attack on 1 October 1917 east of Polygon Wood

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery, when during a heavy hostile attack, the right of his own command and the battalion on his right were forced back. The situation was critical owing to the confusion caused by the attack and the intense artillery fire. Lt.-Col. Bent personally collected a platoon that was in reserve, and together with men from other companies and various regimental details, he organised and led them forward to the counter-attack, after issuing orders to other officers as to the further defence of the line. The counter-attack was successful and the enemy were checked. The coolness and magnificent example shown to all ranks by Lt.-Col. Bent resulted in the securing of a portion of the line which was of essential importance for subsequent operations. This very gallant officer was killed whilst leading a charge which he inspired with the call of “Come on the Tigers.” 

Sixth Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 January 1918. 11 January 1918, Numb. 30471, pp. 722-23

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