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Pte Ebenezer Fairbrother DCM - Coldstream Guards


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I have his medal card but cannot find his citation in the London Gazette does anyone have any information?

6723

3rd Coldstream Guards

1st Guards Bde

2nd Div

BEF

of Burton on Trent, Staffs.

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6723, Private E. Fairbrother, 3rd Bn., C. Gds. (L.G. 3 June 1915)

"For conspicuous gallantry on 25th and 26th April, 1915, at Givenchy, in assisting to rescue Officers and men from a deep mine full of poison gas. The courage and devotion to duty displayed were very pronounced, the risk of death through asphyxiation being very great."

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Here he is in the Gazette of 3-6-1915

6723 Pte. Fairbrother, E.

3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

For conspicuous gallantry on 25th and 26th April, 1915, at Giveuchy, in assisting to rescue Officers and men from a deep mine full of poison gas. The courage and devotion to duty displayed were very pronounced, the risk of death through asphyxiation being very great.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5342

Oh, my. Slowing up in me old age....

Steve.

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I'll look him up in the CG history and get back to you if there's any mention.

Unless anyone beats me to it.

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let me know - Ive a DCM to Pte Cooney for same action and cant find anything to elaborate - same citation and Im sure there are other DCMs for same

The DCM was gazetted on the 3rd June 1915. “For conspicuous gallantry on the 25th and 26th April 1915 at Givenchy in assisting to rescue officers and men from a deep mine full of poison gas. The courage and devotion to duty displayed were very pronounced, the risk of death through asphyxiation being very great”

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war diary adds nothing

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Presuming that they were attached to a Tunnelling Company, I would suggest that 170th Tunnelling Company may be the one to which the Coldstream Guards soldiers were attached:

http://www.1914-1918.net/tunnelcoyre.htm

WO 95/550 Army Troops: 170 Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers 1915 Apr. - 1918 Nov.

Steve.

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Tunnellers by Captain W.Grant Grieveand Bernard Newman. Herbert Jenkins Ltd, London. 1936

P56

[speaking of the 170th Tunnelling Coy]... the oncoming shift had not been informed of the presence of gas, possibly because the stoppage of the air pump was only temporary, and may have allowed a little gas to collect, which could be cleared easily when the pump began again. But a bombardment of the German trenches during which our men were withdrawn from the saps, according to the practice prevailing at this period, caused further stoppage of the fan; and, when this was concluded, Lieutenant Torin decided to visit the gallery and inspect the position before commencing work.

Followed by Sergeant Ford, Second-Lieutenant Martin

p57

and Lieutenant Boardall, he proceeded along the gallery, pausing to light a candle which burnt with a bright flame. There were no indications of the presence of gas, but all were overcome except Lieutenant Boardall, who managed to scramble out and raise the alarm. Corporal Hutchinson went down and brought out Second-Lieutenant Martin before he himself was overcome. Lieutenant G. Whidbone, 3rd Coldstream Guards, then organized a rescue party, and eventually all were brought out, but Lieutenant Torin was dead before being brought to the Surface.

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Others of the rescue party with the same citation

5625 Private F Clarkstone, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5338

11631 Private L. A. Dinwiddy, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5340

6809 Private S H Homer, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5346

12196 Private W J Robinson, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5357

9074 Lance-Corpl. E. Thorpe, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/291...upplements/5361

That's a lot for one incident!

Steve.

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Sec. Lt. Whidborn and Sgt. Hutchings were MID soon thereafter, but whether for that particular incident it is difficult to say.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/292...upplements/5990

Lt. George Ferris Whidborne was later killed.

Name: WHIDBORNE, GEORGE FERRIS

Initials: G F

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Age: 25

Date of Death: 24/10/1915

Awards: M C

Additional information: Eldest son of George Ferris Whidborne and Margaret Whidborne, of Hammerwood House, East Grinstead, Sussex. Born at St. George's Vicarage, Battersea, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. L. 1.

Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...?casualty=61786

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Lt. Whidborne's M.C. was for probably the incident, though the Gazette citation is eluding me....

This book might have a mention of the incident....

George Ferris Whidborne, M.C. ([3rd] Coldstream Guards).

[WHIDBORNE, (George Ferris)]; WHIDBORNE (Mrs. Margaret)

His Life and Surroundings October 1st, 1890 - October 24th, 1915. Photogravure portrait frontispiece and three other photogravure portraits, one half-tone and two coloured plates after drawings by Whidborne, badge of the Coldstream Guards as title-page vi 1917

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Distinctly uncommon, OCLC records four copies only.

Whidborne was awarded his MC for "general and consistent good work under very trying circumstances", but may have drawn particular attention for his prominence in "rescuing the miners from a mine at Givenchy, going down himself and along the shaft at the bottom, and helping to carry the men who were gassed." As "the only officer of the Guard present" at the investiture at Windsor the King took time to talk to him about the progress of the War.

He died of wounds sustained "when he had charge of a party of men putting up wire in front of [the] trenches". A bomb burst close to him and he was struck in the right leg and the small of the back. He died the following day.

http://www.maggs.com/title/MI23970.asp

and a previous mention on the Forum:

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/i...showtopic=47960

Renewed link to the Gazette for Whidborne's M.C.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/292...upplements/6120

Steve.

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  • 8 years later...
On 3/14/2009 at 14:47, raich said:

I have his medal card but cannot find his citation in the London Gazette does anyone have any information?

6723

3rd Coldstream Guards

1st Guards Bde

2nd Div

BEF

of Burton on Trent, Staffs.

I have a Military General Service Medal for an E. Fairbrother of the Coldstream Guards, with a band for the battle of Talavera. I’m wondering if the person you’re researching is related? Also don’t know how my grandmothers brother (who served in WWII) ended up with this medal. It’s in PRISTINE condition. 

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