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  • Name: Maurice Vincent BUCKLEY
  • D.O.B: 13th Apr, 1891
  • D.O.A: 18th Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 27th Jan, 1921
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 13th Battalion (New South Wales), 4th Brigade, 4th Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • 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 during the attack near Le Verguier, north-west of St. Quentin, on 18th September, 1918. During the whole period of the advance, which was very seriously opposed, Sjt. Sexton was to the fore dealing with enemy machine guns, rushing enemy posts, and performing great feats of bravery and endurance without faltering or for a moment taking cover. When the advance had passed the ridge at Le Verguier, Sjt. Sexton’s attention was directed to a party of the enemy manning a bank, and to a field gun causing casualties and holding up a company. Without hesitation, calling to his section to follow, he rushed down the bank and killed the gunners of the field gun. Regardless of machine-gun fire, he returned to the bank, and after firing down some dugouts induced about thirty of the enemy to surrender. When the advance was continued from the first to the second objective the company was again held up by machine guns on the flanks. Supported by another platoon, he disposed of the enemy guns, displaying boldness which inspired all. Later, he again showed the most conspicuous initiative in the capture of hostile posts and machine guns, and rendered invaluable support to his company digging in. Amendments. The notification of the award of the Victoria Cross to No. 6594 Serjeant Gerald Sexton, 13th Bn., A.I.F., as announced in the London Gazette dated 14th December, 1918, should read as being awarded to No. 6594 Serjeant Maurice Vincent Buckley, 13th Bn., A.I.F., the latter being the correct Christian names and surname of this N.C.O., which he has been permitted to re-assume. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14777 & Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette of 5 August 1919. 8 August 1919, Numb. 31494, p. 10078

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