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  • Name: Horace Augustus CURTIS
  • D.O.B: 7th Mar, 1891
  • D.O.A: 18th Oct, 1918
  • D.O.D: 1st Jul, 1968
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 50th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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East of Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France 18 October 1918

18 October 1918

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The First World War 1918 

By 11 October 1918 Third and Fourth Armies east of Cambrai had reached the River Selle, which ran through Solesmes and Le Cateau-Cambrésis. The Battle of the Selle was launched on 17 October. On the 18th, 50th Division pushed forward a couple of miles east of Le Cateau to Bazuel.


 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty East of Le Cateau on the morning of the 18th October, 1918, when in attack his platoon came unexpectedly under intense machinegun fire. Realising that the attack would fail unless the enemy guns were silenced, Sjt. Curtis, without hesitation, rushed forward through our own barrage and the enemy fire, and killed and wounded the teams of two of the guns, whereupon the remaining four guns surrendered. Then, turning his attention to a train-load of reinforcements, he succeeded in capturing over 100 enemy before his comrades joined him. His valour and disregard of danger inspired all. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 January 1919. 6 January 1919, Numb. 31108, p. 307

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