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Remembering Corporal George Jarratt, VC - 3 May 1917


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Remembering Corporal George Jarrat, VC, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, died 3 May 1917 at Pelves, France, aged 25

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an incident at Pelves, near Monchy le Preux, France on 3 May 1917. The citation in the London Gazette of 8 June 1917 reads: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion in deliberately sacrificing his life to save others. He had, together with some wounded men, been taken prisoner and placed under guard in a dug-out. The same evening the enemy were driven back by our troops, the leading infantrymen of which commenced to bomb the dug-outs. A grenade fell in the dugout, and without hesitation Cpl. Jarratt placed both feet on the grenade, the subsequent explosion blowing off both his legs. The wounded were later safely removed to our lines, but Cpl. Jarratt died before he could be removed. By this supreme act of self-sacrifice the lives of these wounded were saved.

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 3; on the memorial of St Mark's Church, Oval, south London and with a commemorative paving stone in Kennington Park that will be unveiled on Friday 5 May 2017.

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A Brave Man Remembered Always :poppy:

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