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Title:Doncaster's Great War VC's
Author:DMBC 
ID & Publication:20140811010 ~ The-Villager.co.uk 
Area:Doncaster 
Subject:History 
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BRYAN, Lance-Corporal Thomas - 25th Northumberland Fusiliers

Details of VC action
Date and place-9th April 1917 at Vimy Ridge, near Arras, France.
Account of deed- L/Cpl Bryan, although wounded, managed to single-handedly approach and disarm the Germans at a machine gun post that was inflicting great damage and causing a serious obstacle to a much-needed advance. Bryan’s action had far reaching benefits for the second objective advance.

CALVERT, Sergeant Laurence - 5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)

Details of VC action
Date and place-12th September 1918 at Havrincourt, France.
Account of deed- When the 5th Battalion KOYLI were under fire and loss of life was great, Sgt. Calvert single-handedly rushed forward and captured a machine gun post, bayoneting three and shooting four Germans manning it, thereby saving his comrades and allowing them to advance.

GREENWOOD, Lieutenant Colonel Harry - 9th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)

Details of VC action
Date and place-23rd & 24th October 1918 at Le Cateau, near Ovillers, France.
Account of deed- On the 23rd at Ovillers, the advance of his battalion was checked by an enemy machine gun post which was causing casualties to his men; Lt Col Greenwood single-handedly rushed the post and killed the German gun crew.
Later on the same day they reached their military objective and enemy gun posts once again surrounded him and his men, the attack was repulsed. His fine leadership and bravery led to the capture of 150 prisoners and eight machine guns and a field gun. The following day at the Green Line south of Poix du Nord, he once again rushed and captured another enemy machine gun post.

HACKETT, Sapper William - Royal Engineers 254 Tunnelling Company

Details of VC action
Date and place-22nd &23rd June 1916 at Shaftesbury Avenue Mine, Near Givenchy, France.
Account of deed- Sapper Hackett was entombed with four others in a tunnel, owing to the explosion of an enemy mine. After working for 24 hours a hole was made and the rescue party outside broke a small hole through the collapse. Sapper Hackett helped out three of the men and could easily have followed, but refused to leave the fourth man, who had been seriously injured, as the hole got smaller and despite the repeated pleading of the rescue party outside Hackett still refused to leave the injured man alone. The tunnel finally collapsed and although the rescue party worked desperately for four days, they were unable to reach the two men.


INSALL, Second Lieutenant Gilbert Stuart Martin - 11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corp (later RAF)

Details of VC action
Date and place-7th Nov 1915 near Achiet, France
Account of deed- Insall on patrol in a Vickers fighter, engaged an enemy machine, the pilot of which was eventually forced to make a rough landing in a ploughed field. Seeing the Germans scramble out preparing to fire, the lieutenant dived to 500ft and his gunner opened fire, whereupon they fled. After dropping an incendiary bomb on the German aircraft he flew through heavy fire, at 2000ft over enemy trenches. The Vickers’ petrol tank was hit, but the lieutenant managed to land near a wood 500ft inside Allied lines and he and his gunner, after repairing the machine during the night, flew back to base at dawn.


WYATT, Lance Corporal George Harry - 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

Details of VC action
Date and place-25th & 26th August 1914 at Landrecies, France.
Account of deed- Part of Lance-Corporal Wyatt’s battalion was engaged in fighting close to some farm buildings, when the enemy set alight some straw stacks in the farmyard the men were in great danger. Wyatt twice dashed out under heavy fire from the enemy, who were only 25 yards away, and extinguished the burning straw, making it possible to hold the position. Later, although wounded in the head, he continued firing until he could no longer see owing to the blood pouring down his face. The medical officer bound his wound and ordered him to the rear but he returned to the firing line and went on fighting.

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Doncaster VCs - BRYAN, Lance-Corporal Thomas, 25th Northumberland Fusiliers
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Doncaster VCs - HACKETT, Sapper William
Royal Engineers 254 Tunnelling Company
 (196kb)Doncaster VCs - INSALL, Second Lieutenant Gilbert Stuart Martin
11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corp (later RAF)
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