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  • Name: William MERRIFIELD
  • D.O.B: 9th Oct, 1890
  • D.O.A: 1st Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 8th Aug, 1943
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 4th Battalion 1st Central Ontario Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 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 devotion to duty during the attack near Abancourt on the 1st October, 1918. When his men were held up by an intense fire from two machine-gun emplacements, he attacked them both single-handed. Dashing from shell-hole to shell-hole he killed the occupants of the first post, and, although wounded, continued to attack the second post, and with a bomb killed the occupants. He refused to be evacuated, and led his platoon until again severely wounded. Sjt. Merrifield has served with exceptional distinction on many former occasions, and throughout the action of the 1st October showed the highest qualities of valour and leadership. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 January 1919. 6 January 1919, Numb. 31108, p. 308

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