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  • Name: Jack HARVEY
  • D.O.B: 24th Aug, 1891
  • D.O.A: 2nd Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 15th Aug, 1940
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1/22nd (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment (The Queen’s), 142nd Brigade, 47th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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North of Péronne, France 2 September 1918

2 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

To the south Australian troops had captured Péronne on 1 September 1918. On 2 September, the day that Allied forces had broken through the Drocourt-Quéant Line to the north, the Australians continued to harass the Germans while consolidating their grip on the town. 43rd Battalion, 11th Brigade, established itself at Allaines on the Canal du Nord, a mile to the north, and cleared the enemy out of the neighbouring trenches. Meanwhile, just to the north of that, British troops advanced through St Pierre Vaast and Moislains Woods between Sailly-Saillisel and Moislains on the Canal du Nord. 1/22nd (County of London) Battalion London Regiment took up position in a trench north-east of Moislains.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and disregard of personal danger in attack. When the advance of his company was held up by intense machine-gun fire Pte. Harvey at once dashed forward through heavy enemy fire and rushed a machine-gun post, shooting two of the team and bayoneting another. He then destroyed the gun and continued to work his way along the enemy trench, and, single-handed, rushed an enemy dug-out which contained thirty-seven of the enemy and compelled them to surrender. By these two acts of great gallantry he saved his company heavy casualties and enabled the whole of the attacking line to advance. Throughout the entire operation he showed the most magnificent courage and determination, and, by the splendid example he set to all ranks, materially assisted in the success of the operation. 

Seventh Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 November 1918. 15 November 1918, Numb. 31012, p. 13473

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