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  • Name: William Harold COLTMAN
  • D.O.B: 17th Oct, 1891
  • D.O.A: 4th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 29th Jun, 1974
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 1/6th Battalion The Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment), 137th Brigade, 46th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Mannequin Hill, north-east of Sequehart, France 3-4 October 1918

3-4 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

Having crossed the St Quentin Canal, north of St Quentin, and taken the Main and Support trenches of the Hindenburg Line, on 3 October 1918 the British attacked the third or Support System, known here as the Beaurevoir Line. IX Corps advancing east captured Ramicourt and Sequehart, thus threatening the German position on Mannequin Hill, between Montbrehain and Fontaine-Uterte. The hill was finally captured on the 8th.


 For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty. During the operations at Mannequin Hill, N.E., of Sequehart, on the 3rd and 4th October, 1918, L./Cpl. Coltman, a stretcher-bearer, hearing that wounded had been left behind during a retirement, on his own initiative, went forward alone in the face of fierce enfilade fire, found the wounded, dressed them, and on three successive occasions carried comrades on his back to safety, thus saving their lives. This very gallant N.C.O. tended the wounded unceasingly for forty-eight hours. 

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

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