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  • Name: William Herbert WARING
  • D.O.B: 13th Oct, 1885
  • D.O.A: 18th Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 8th Oct, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Sergeant, 25th Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers (TF), 231st Brigade, 74th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Battle of Épehy, France 18 September 1918

18 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

Encouraged by the success of Third Army in the Battle of Havrincourt, the British Fourth Army decided to advance on 18 September 1918 in an attempt to clear the German positions on the high ground protecting the approach to the Hindenburg Line, which from Vendhuile, east of Épehy, ran south along the St Quentin Canal to St Quentin itself. III Corps was at the northern end of the line, and south of it the Australian Corps and IX Corps. In III Corps, 6th (S) Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment and 25th Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers (TF) were among the troops detailed to capture Ronssoy, south-east of Épehy. It was for his valour in this assault that Lance Sergeant W H Waring was awarded the VC (see also A L Lewis VC 18 and 21 September 1918 below). Further south, 4th Division, Australian Corps, advanced through and around Le Verguier, about five miles north-west of St Quentin. It was in fierce fighting here that Sergeant M V Buckley and Private J P Woods distinguished themselves. Meanwhile, north of Épehy, Third Army was still active. Second Lieutenant F E Young, 1st Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment, was killed while gallantly fighting off an enemy counter-attack at Triangle Wood, south-east of Havrincourt. To the south-east, in the action at Gouzeaucourt, Temporary Second Lieutenant W A White, 38th Battalion Machine Gun Corps, captured three German machine-guns.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Ronssoy, on 18th September, 1918. He led an attack against enemy machine guns which were holding up the advance of neighbouring troops, and, in the face of devastating fire from flank and front, single-handed, rushed a strong point, bayonetting four of the garrison and capturing 20 with their guns. L./Serjt. Waring then, under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, reorganised his men and led and inspired them for another 400 yards, when he fell mortally wounded. His valour, determination and leadership were conspicuous throughout. 

Eighth Supplement to The London Gazette of 28 January 1919. 31 January 1919, Numb. 31155, p. 1504

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