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  • Name: Robert Vaughan GORLE
  • D.O.B: 6th May, 1896
  • D.O.A: 1st Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 9th Jan, 1937
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Lieutenant, A Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 9th Divison
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Ledegem, Belgium 1 October 1918

1 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

In Flanders a new phase of fighting had begun in the Ypres Salient on 28 September 1918, when the Belgians and British Second Army had advanced eastwards. Beselare and Gheluvelt were recaptured and the Germans’ Flanders I Line overrun. By 1 October the British were approaching the Flanders II Line, which ran in front of Ledegem, west of Courtrai.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty during the attack on Ledeghem on 1st October, 1918, when in command of an 18-pdr. gun working in close conjunction with infantry. He brought his gun into action in the most exposed positions on four separate occasions, and disposed of enemy machine guns by firing over open sights under direct machine-gun fire at 500 to 600 yards’ range. Later, seeing that the infantry were being driven back by intense hostile fire, he, without hesitation, galloped his gun in front of the leading infantry, and on two occasions knocked out enemy machine guns which were causing the trouble. His disregard of personal safety and dash were a magnificent example to the wavering line, which rallied and re-took the northern end of the village. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14775

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