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  • Name: George ONIONS
  • D.O.B: 2nd March, 1883
  • D.O.A: 22nd August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 2nd April, 1944
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment, 95th Brigade, 5th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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South of Achiet-le-Petit, France 22 August 1918

22 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 22 August 1918, the second day of the Battle of Albert, 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment was south of Achiet-le-Petit, a few miles north-west of Bapaume. Lance Corporal G Onions, who had been sent out with Private H J C Eades to contact a neighbouring battalion, succeeded in capturing more than 200 German troops. Private Eades was awarded the DCM for his part in the action.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and initiative south of Achiet-le-Petit on 22nd August, 1918, when, having been sent out with one man to get in touch with the battalion on the right flank, he observed the enemy advancing in large numbers to counter-attack the positions gained on the previous day. Realising his opportunity, he boldly placed himself with his comrade on the flank of the advancing enemy, and opened rapid fire when the target was most favourable. When the enemy were about 100 yards from him, the line wavered and some hands were seen to be thrown up. L./Cpl. Onions then rushed forward, and, with the assistance of his comrade, took about 200 of the enemy prisoners and marched them back to his company commander. By his magnificent courage and presence of mind he averted what might have been a very dangerous situation. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14778

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