Bernard Cyril Freyberg ["Tales of the V.C."]

New Zealand VC Freyburg


    • Article with annotations.
    • Lieutenant-General Bernard Cyril Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO*** KStJ (21 March 1889 – 4 July 1963), , Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, was awarded the V.C. for bravery at the village of Beaucourt, during the Battle of the Somme. Freyberg, a New Zealander, was in command of Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Previously he had fought in the Mexican civil war, and earlier in the First World War he had been wounded at Antwerp, Belgium, and swum ashore during landing at Gallipoli when he was awarded the D.S.O.was a British-born New Zealand Victoria Cross recipient and soldier who later served as the seventh Governor-General of New Zealand. A veteran of the Mexican Revolution, he became an officer in the British Army during the First World War. Freyberg took part in the beach landings during the Gallipoli Campaign and was the youngest general in the British Army during the First World War, later serving on the Western Front where he was decorated with the Victoria Cross and three DSOs, making him one of the most highly decorated British Empire officers of the First World War. He liked to be in the thick of action — Churchill called him "the Salamander" due to his ability to pass through fire unharmed. 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: 28 March 1918 and URGENT.




  • Date:

    • 1916-11
    • 1914-09
  • Temporal:

    • 2013-05-02 22:25:52 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • Gallipoli Front
    • Western Front



  • Rights:

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

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  • Location:

    • France
    • Somme
    • #49.9869756,2.4429181000000426
    • http://sws.geonames.org/3017382/
    • http://sws.geonames.org/2974304/
  • Place/Time:

    • Gallipoli Front
    • Western Front
Longitude: "2.442918 and 2.5"
Latitude: "49.986977 and 49.91667"

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