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  • Name: James TOWERS
  • D.O.B: 8th Sep, 1897
  • D.O.A: 6th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 24th Jan, 1977
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 59th Brigade, 20th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Méricourt, France 6 October 1918

6 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 3 October 1918 the British First Army occupied Lens, which had been evacuated by the Germans. On the southern outskirts of the town, across the Lens Canal, 59th Brigade advanced on Méricourt, though this was not captured until the new offensive which began on 8 October.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Méricourt on the 6th October, 1918, when, under heavy fire, five runners having failed to deliver an important message, Pte. Towers, well aware of the fate of the runners who had already attempted the task, volunteered for the duty. In spite of heavy fire opened on him as soon as he moved, he went straight through from cover to cover and eventually delivered the message. His valour, determination, and utter disregard for danger were an inspiring example to all. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 January 1919. 6 January 1919, Numb. 31108, pp. 308-09.

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