Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:21 PM
Lance Sgt. John Moyney, 2nd.Batt.Irish Guards
12-13 September 1917
At Ney Copse, Broembeck, Belgium, he was in command of 15 men forming 2 advanced posts surrounded by the enemy. Despite having no water and little food, he held his post for 96 hours. On the fifth day, as a large enemey force advanced, his men attacked the enemy with bombs whilst he opened up with a Lewis gun from a flank. He then led a charge through the enemy and reached a stream which he instructed his party to cross while Private Woodcock covered their retirement. Moyney was thus able to bring his entire force safely out of the action.
Woodcock only retired himself when the enemy were only yards away. After crossing the stream he heard cries for help so he waded back into the water and rescued a stranded comrade, who he carried to safety under heavy machine gun fire. Woodcock was awarded the VC for this action.