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  • Name: Richard Charles TRAVIS
  • D.O.B: 6th Apr, 1884
  • D.O.A: 24th Jul, 1918
  • D.O.D: 25th Jul, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 2nd Battalion Otago Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Rossignol Wood, near Gommecourt, France 24 July 1918

24 July 1918

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The First World War 1918 

Rossignol Wood, lay west of Bapaume, south-east of Gommecourt and north-east of Hébuterne. It had been captured by the Germans on 28 March 1918 (see O C S Watson VC) on the second day of their Spring offensive and there had been further fighting there on 5 April (see T B Hardy VC).


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During “surprise” operations it was necessary to destroy an impassable wire block. Sjt. Travis, regardless of all personal danger, volunteered for this duty. Before zero hour, in broad daylight, and in close proximity to enemy posts, he crawled out and successfully destroyed the block with bombs, thus enabling the attacking parties to pass through. A few minutes later a bombing party on the right of the attack was held up by two enemy machine guns, and the success of the whole operation was in danger. Perceiving this, Sjt. Travis, with great gallantry and utter disregard of danger, rushed the position, killed the crew, and captured the guns. An enemy officer and three men immediately rushed at him from a bend in the trench and attempted to retake the guns. These four he killed single-handed, thus allowing the bombing party, on which much depended, to advance. The success of the operation was almost entirely due to the heroic work of this gallant N.C.O., and to the vigour with which he made and used opportunities for inflicting casualties on the enemy. He was killed twenty-four hours later, when under a most intense bombardment prior to an enemy counter-attack, he was going from post to post, encouraging the men. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 September 1918. 27 September 1918, Numb. 30922, p. 11431

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