Richard George Masters ["Tales of the V.C."]



    • Article with annotations.
    • Private R. Masters, A.S.C. (M.T) (Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport), was awarded the V.C. for bravery on the 9th April 1918 whilst driving an ambulance car on a stretch of road known to the British as "the Tuning Fork", east of Gerre. Richard George Masters VC (30 March 1877 – 4 April 1963)was 41 years old, and a Private in the Army Service Corps, British Army, attached 141st Field Ambulance during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. Citation: On 9 April 1918 near Bethune, France, owing to an enemy attack, communications were cut off and the wounded could not be evacuated. The road was reported impassable but Private Masters volunteered to try to get through and after great difficulty succeeded, although he had to clear the road of all sorts of debris. He made journey after journey throughout the afternoon over a road which was being shelled and swept by machine-gun fire and once he was bombed by an aeroplane. The greater number of wounded (approximately 200 men) were evacuated by him as his was the only car which got through.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). 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 stamps: 5 and 15 October 1918.




  • Date:

    • 1918-04-09
  • Temporal:

    • 2013-05-09 09:24:35 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front



  • Rights:

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

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  • Location:

    • Gerre near Bethune
    • #50.5448877,2.599381699999981
  • Place/Time:

    • Western Front
Longitude: "2.5993817"
Latitude: "50.544888"

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