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wmfinch

55th West Lancashire Div. Records

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Hello All,

 

With the 100th Anniversary of my Grandfather No.199319 Bombardier Reginald Charles Evans winning his M.M. coming up on the 30th November 2017, I thought it would be appropriate to show these pictures on the forum.

 

My Grandfather was one of 12 men decorated for helping to keep two guns firing in a forward position at Little Priel Farm during the German counter attack of 30th November 1917 (Battle of Cambrai).  Sergeant Cyril E Gourley , who was in charge for much of the day won the V.C. and there were two D.C.M.'s, one M.C. and seven other M.M.'s.

 

We have a very active group of descendants of the twelve men and two of my close friends discovered that  Major General Jeudwine, Commander of the 55th West Lancashire Division, had donated his copies of the  Divisional files to Liverpool Library in the 1920's.  Unbelievably, all the medal recommendation forms for the twelve men still exist, thanks to Major General Jeudwine, and we have photographs of all of them.

 

The photographs shown here depict Major General Jeudwine, my Grandfather's final medal recommendation form signed by Major General Jeudwine, my Grandfather himself (pictured in 1918 after promotion from Gunner to Bombardier), and the position of the guns at Little Priel Farm.

 

Incidently, Sergeant Gourley's grave is being restored by the Army and a plaque with all the men's names is being added to the grave site.

 

Hopefully this will be of interest to you.

 

V/R

 

Wayne Finch

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