Personal info

  • Name: Walter MILLS
  • D.O.B: 20th June, 1894
  • D.O.A: 11th December, 1917
  • D.O.D: 11th December, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1/10th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (TF)
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Givenchy, France 10-11 December 1917

10-11 December 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On the night of 10/11 December 1917, 1/10th Battalion The Manchester Regiment came under attack at Red Dragon Crater, near Givenchy, south-west of Lens.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. When, after an intense gas attack, a strong enemy patrol endeavoured to rush our posts, the garrisons of which had been overcome, and though badly gassed himself, he met the attack single- handed and continued to throw bombs until the arrival of reinforcements, and remained at his post until the enemy’s attacks had been finally driven off. While being carried away he died from gas poisoning. It was solely due to his exertions, when his only chance of personal safety lay in remaining motionless, that the enemy was defeated and the line retained intact. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 February 1918. 13 February 1918, Numb. 30523, p. 2005

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