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  • Name: Frederick Charles RIGGS
  • D.O.B: 28th Jul, 1888
  • D.O.A: 1st Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 1st Oct, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 6th Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment, 32nd Brigade, 11th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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North of Cambrai, France 1st October 1918

1st October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

As the advance on Cambrai continued, British and Canadian troops began to push into the salient of territory north of the town formed by the junction of the Sensée Canal and the Scheldt.


 For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the morning of the 1st October, 1918, near Epinoy, when, having led his platoon through strong uncut wire under severe fire, he continued straight on, and although losing heavily from flanking fire, succeeded in reaching his objective, where he rushed and captured a machine gun. He later handled two captured guns with great effect, and caused the surrender of fifty enemy. Subsequently, when the enemy again advanced in force, Sjt. Riggs cheerfully encouraged his men to resist, and whilst exhorting his men to fight on to the last, this very gallant soldier was killed. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 January 1919. 6 January 1919, Numb. 31108, pp. 307-08

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