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  • Name: James Bulmer JOHNSON
  • D.O.B: 31st Dec, 1889
  • D.O.A: 14th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 23rd Mar, 1943
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers, attached 36th Battalion, 178th Brigade, 59th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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South-west of Wez-Macquart, France 14 October 1918

14 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

Fifth Army held the line from just south of Armentières to just north of Lens. Although the front had been static here since 5 October 1918, Fifth Army made a number of small advances on the 14th. These included the capture of Wez-Macquart, south-east of Armentières. The following day, because of Allied advances in Flanders to the north and also in the south, the Germans began to withdraw along this whole front and by the end of the month Fifth Army was approaching the Scheldt.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty S.W. of Wez Macquart on the morning of 14th Oct., 1918, during operations by strong patrols. He repelled frequent counter-attacks and for six hours under heavy fire he held back the enemy. When at length he was ordered to retire he was the last to leave the advanced position, carrying a wounded man. Three times subsequently this officer returned and brought in badly wounded men under intense enemy machine-gun fire. His valour, cheerfulness and utter disregard of danger inspired all. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 December 1918. 26 December 1918, Numb. 31082, p. 15118

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