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  • Name: Thomas Fasti DINESEN
  • D.O.B: 9th August, 1892
  • D.O.A: 12th August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 10th March, 1979
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 42nd Battalion The Quebec Regiment, (Royal Highlanders of Canada), 7th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Parvillers, France 12 August 1918

12 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

While the Australians were capturing Proyart, north of the Amiens to St Quentin road, east of Villers-Bretonneux, on 12 August 1918, Canadian troops were clearing miles of enemy trenches to the south between the villages of Fouquescourt, Parvillers and Damery, northwest of Roye. Although the Germans mounted several counter-attacks, by the end of 15 August both Parvillers and Damery were in Canadian hands.

Citation

 For most conspicuous and continuous bravery displayed during ten hours of hand-to-hand fighting, which resulted in the capture of over a mile of strongly garrisoned and stubbornly defended enemy trenches. Five times in succession he rushed forward alone, and single-handed put hostile machine guns out of action, accounting for twelve of the enemy with bomb and bayonet. His sustained valour and resourcefulness inspired his comrades at a very critical stage of the action, and were an example to all. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 25 October 1918. 26 October 1918, Numb. 30975, p. 12670

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