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  • Name: Robert SPALL
  • D.O.B: 5th March, 1890
  • D.O.A: 12th August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 13th August, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 7th Brigade, 3rd 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 bravery and self-sacrifice when, during an enemy counter-attack, his platoon was isolated. Thereupon Sjt. Spall took a Lewis gun and, standing upon the parapet fired upon the advancing enemy, inflicting very severe casualties. He then came down the trench directing the men into a sap seventy-five yards from the enemy. Picking up another Lewis gun, this gallant N.C.O. again climbed the parapet, and by his fire held up the enemy. It was while holding up the enemy at this point that he was killed. Sjt. Spall deliberately gave his life in order to extricate his platoon from a most difficult situation, and it was owing to his bravery that the platoon was saved. 

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

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