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Robert Gee ["Tales of the V.C. "]

Royal Fusiliers VC 1917

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    • Article with annotations.
    • Captain Robert Gee VC MC MP (7 May 1876 – 2 August 1960) 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. Born in Leicester he was 41 years old, and a temporary Captain in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers,British Army during the First World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 30 November 1917 at Masnières and Les Rues Vertes, France for an action of supreme courage, "an achievement which must surely rank as one of the most wonderful in the history of the war". He organised a defence during the German counter-attack of 30 November 1917 on British positions near Cambrai. During this action he rushed a machine gun with a revolver in each hand. His citation reads: An attack by the enemy captured brigade headquarters and ammunition dump. Captain Gee, finding himself a prisoner, managed to escape and organised a party of the brigade staff with which he attacked the enemy, closely followed by two companies of infantry. He cleared the locality and established a defensive flank, then finding an enemy machine-gun still in action, with a revolver in each hand he went forward and captured the gun, killing eight of the crew. He was wounded, but would not have his wound dressed until the defence was organised. Captain Robert Gee M.C., Royal Fusiliers, This 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: 16 January 1918.

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    • 1917-11-30
  • Temporal:

    • 2013-05-02 20:11:07 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front

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    • Masnières
    • #50.11431959999999,3.21060209999996
    • http://sws.geonames.org/6438355/
    • http://sws.geonames.org/3017382/
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front
Longitude: "3.210602, 3.21667, and 3.41667"
Latitude: "50.11432, 50.11667, and 50.16667"

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