The Great War Part 186, March 9th 1918

602 The Great War won them are told first in this chapter, precedence being given to the senior Service. Five were won by airmen. Thirty were given to men from the Oversea Dominions —seventeen falling to Australians eight to Canadians three to South Africans and two to New Zealanders. Of the remaining hundred three were carried off by the .C.R.A.M three by the Artillery two by the Cavalry two by Indian regiments one by the Royal Engineers and one by the Chaplains Department. Eighty-eight remain to be accounted for. Of these two fell to awarded to Major Harvey a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry but as it was forgiven valour exhibited at sea it is recorded here among those that were credited to the senior Service. Lance-Corporal W. R. Parker of the same unit won his when attached to the R.N.D. There perhaps these arid statistics maybe left. They have their use in an historical summary and they serve to introduce the separate stories in a determined order the only deviation being made in respect of awards allocated in the official “Gazette ”SE C.-LT. D. BELLS. Yorkshire Regt. to specifically mentioned engagements in the Somme and Ancre battles in Mesopo­tamia and upon the Gallipoli Peninsula. On September 16th 1916 the "Gazette ”contained the notification of the award of three Victoria Crosses for valour displayed in the Battle of Jutland. The recipients were Boy First Class John Travers Cornwell Com­mander the Hon. Edward Barry Stewart Bingham and Major Francis John William Harvey R.M .L.I. In March 1917 it was announced that a posthumous award of the cross had been made to Commander Loftus William Jones R.N. for his extraordinary courage and devotion to duty infighting his ship the torpedo-boat destroyer Shark, to the last during the same great naval battle. It is not invidious to assert that two of these four heroes Boy Cornwell and Commander Loftus Jones shed new lustre upon the honour that they earned the one by the quiet devotion to duty and steadfast endurance that he displayed until death at his post the other by the daring of his fighting and his intuitive response to the call of the blood in the whole performance of an action that rivalled that of Sir Richard Grenville with his Revenge at Flores in the Azores over three hundred years before. “Jack” Cornwell ranks indeed as the boy hero of the war. At onetime a BoyScout in the St. Marys Mission Troop East Ham the lad lived up to the Scout motto, ”“Be prepared and the undaunted inspirit which he confronted death immortalised his name and made him the noble exemplar for all boys throughout all time. Mortally wounded early in the battle the gallant lad, who was under sixteen and a half years of age remained standing alone at a most ex­posed post quietly awaiting orders until the end of the action with the guns crew dead and wounded round him. There was nothing spectacular about the deed that won him the cross. It was simply as Admiral B eatty “described it a splendid instance of devotion CAPT. W .B. ALLEN CAPT .ALBERT BALL SEC.-LT. F.E. BAXTER R.A.M.C. N otts and Derby and R.F.C. Liverpool Regt. the Guards and two to the Honourable Artillery Company. The rest went to regiments of the Line and still adhering to the scheme of the analytical catalogue the names of these regiments are set down now in five classes distinguished by the number of Victoria Crosses awarded to them. The Yorkshire Regiment heads the splendid roll with six to its eternal honour. Three regiments carried off four each— the Liver­pool Regiment the Lancashire Fusiliers, and the Seaforth Highlanders. The East Yorkshire Regiment the South Wales Borderers the South Lancashire Regiment, and the Durham Light Infantry earned and were given three. Two were awarded to each of the following fifteen regiments: The Royal Irish Rifles the Royal Lancaster Regiment, the Worcestershire Regiment the Welsh Regiment the Royal Welsh Fusiliers the Rifle Brigade the Leinster Bedfordshire, and Middlesex Regiments the Royal Scots Fusiliers the Royal Fusiliers the East Surrey Regiment the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry the Loyal Nortli Lancashire Regiment and the Northumberland Fusiliers. Finally the following twenty-three regi­ments were honoured by the award of the cross to one of the heroes on their roll who distinguished himself by almost super­human courage and devotion to duty :The Royal Munster Fusiliers the Scottish Rifles, the Manchester Regiment the Royal Irish Fusiliers the Royal Sussex West York­ shire and Devonshire Regiments the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers the Northamptonshire Regiment the Kings Royal Rifle Corps the Connaught Rangers the Cheshire and West Riding Regiments the Royal Dublin Fusiliers the Highland Light Infantry the Royal West Surrey Border North Stafford­ shire and Royal Warwickshire Regiments, the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry the Royal Berkshire Regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Essex Regiment. A Victoria Cross was LT. E. P. BEN NETT ,Worcestershire R e gt.' Swaine. COMDR. HON.E. S.B. BIN G HAM R.N. LT. A.S. BLACK BURN ,Australian Infantry. 1 SEC.-LT. DAT.E. LAM, Bedfordshire Regt. CAPT. F.E.N. BELL ,R. Inniskiiling Fusiliers.
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