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  • Name: Robert Edward CRUICKSHANK
  • D.O.B: 17th June, 1888
  • D.O.A: 1st May, 1918
  • D.O.D: 30th August, 1961
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2/14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish)
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near El Haud, Transjordan 1 May 1918

1 May 1918

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The First World War 1918 

During the Second Transjordan Raid, 2/14th (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment was detailed to attack the Turkish positions at El Haud, east of the Jordan, in the hill country north-east of El Ghoraniye between the Wadi Abu Turra and the Wadi Nimrin.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. The platoon to which Private Cruickshank belonged came under very heavy rifle and machine-gun fire at short range and was led down a steep bank into a wadi, most of the men being hit before they reached the bottom. Immediately after reaching the bottom of the wadi the officer in command was shot dead, and the serjeant who then took over command sent a runner back to Company Headquarters asking for support, but was mortally wounded almost immediately after; the corporal having in the meantime been killed, the only remaining N.C.O. (a lance-corporal), believing the first messenger to have been killed, called for a volunteer to take a second message back. Private Cruickshank immediately responded and rushed up the slope, but was hit and rolled back into the wadi bottom. He again rose and rushed up the slope, but, being again wounded, rolled back into the wadi. After his wounds had been dressed he rushed a third time up the slope and again fell badly wounded. Being now unable to stand he rolled himself back amid a hail of bullets. His wounds were now of such a nature as to preclude him making any further attempt and he lay all day in a dangerous position, being sniped at and again wounded were he lay. He displayed the utmost valour and endurance, and was cheerful and uncomplaining throughout. 

Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette of 18 June 1918. 21 June 1918, Numb. 30757, p. 7307

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