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  • Name: John Bernard CROAK
  • D.O.B: 26th January, 1892
  • D.O.A: 8th August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 8th August, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 13th Battalion The Quebec Regiment, (Royal Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Brigade, 1st Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery in attack when having become separated from his section he encountered a machine-gun nest, which he bombed and silenced, taking the gun and crew prisoners. Shortly afterwards he was severely wounded, but refused to desist. Having rejoined his platoon, a very strong point, containing several machine guns, was encountered. Private Croak, however, seeing an opportunity, dashed forward alone and was almost immediately followed by the remainder of the platoon in a brilliant charge. He was the first to arrive at the trench line, into which he led his men, capturing three machine guns and bayonetting or capturing the entire garrison. The perseverance and valour of this gallant soldier, who was again severely wounded, and died of his wounds, were an inspiring example to all. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 September 1918. 27 September 1918, Numb. 30922, p. 11430

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