Benjamin Handley Geary ["Tales of the V.C. "]

The East Surrey Regiment VC


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    • Major Benjamin Handley Geary VC (29 June 1891 – 26 May 1976) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 23 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, British Army, attached to 1st Battalion during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 20 and 21 April 1915 on Hill 60 near Ypres, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Geary led his men across exposed open ground swept by fierce enemy fire to join survivors of the Bedfordshire Regiment in a crater at the top of the hill, which he held against artillery and bomb attacks during the evening and night. Each attack was repulsed mainly owing to the fine example and personal gallantry of Second Lieutenant Geary. He deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire in order to see by the light of flares the whereabouts of the enemy. He was severely wounded early on 21 April. The attached account of his actions was written by James Price Lloyd of the Welsh Regiment, who served with Military Intelligence. After the war, the government to destroyed all the archives relating to this propaganda (section MI 7b (1)). They were regarded as being too sensitive to risk being made public. Remarkably these documents have survived in the personal records of Captain Lloyd. Many of these papers are officially stamped, and one can trace the development of many individual articles from the notes based on an idea, to the pencil draft which is then followed by the hand-written submission and the typescript. The archive "Tales of the VC" comprises 94 individual accounts of the heroism that earned the highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross. These are recounted deferentially and economically, yet they still manage to move the reader. Date stamp: 12 February __.




  • Date:

    • 1915-04-21
    • 1915-04-18
  • Temporal:

    • 2013-05-02 16:23:36 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front



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    • http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

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  • Location:

    • Belgium
    • Ypres
    • #50.84999999999999,2.883333300000004
    • http://sws.geonames.org/2802361/
    • http://sws.geonames.org/2795101/
    • http://sws.geonames.org/2795100/
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front
Longitude: "2.8833332, 4.5, 2.86733, and 2.88569"
Latitude: "50.85, 50.75, 50.85704, and 50.85114"

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