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               TALES OF THE V.C

           

              Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

       Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

          By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.

Then one man went out alone and gambled with death upon the sunken road. And he died. A second followed him , and he, too, fell as the first man had follow , when he came to the crest of the ridge. But , as is the habit of the British soldier, a third man volunteered to sacrifice himself, then a fourth, and a fifth; but the Germans saw them, and they all died there, [insert] in turn [/insert] on the sunken road, beneath the eyes of their comrades.

Five men had gone out and five men had died, but there was [insert] still [/insert] yet  another man who was not afraid to go the way that his comrades had gone. This was Pte Jack Thomas Counter a soldier who was not yet 19 years old.

It was then two o'clock.

The Germans [insert] caught sight of [/insert]  ...  him as he came over the ridge. Pte Counter saw

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               TALES OF THE V.C

           

              Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

       Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

          By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.

Then one man went out alone and gambled with death upon the sunken road. And he died. A second followed him , and he, too, fell as the first man had follow , when he came to the crest of the ridge. But , as is the habit of the British soldier, a third man volunteered to sacrifice himself, then a fourth, and a fifth; but the Germans saw them, and they all died there, [insert] in turn [/insert] on the sunken road, beneath the eyes of their comrades.

Five men had gone out and five men had died, but there was [insert] still [/insert] yet  another man who was not afraid to go the way that his comrades had gone. This was Pte Jack Thomas Counter a soldier who was not yet 19 years old.

It was then two o'clock.

The Germans [insert] caught sight of [/insert]  ...  him as he came over the ridge. Pte Counter saw


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  • May 19, 2017 18:22:10 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

    So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.

    Then one man went out alone and gambled with death upon the sunken road. And he died. A second followed him , and he, too, fell as the first man had follow , when he came to the crest of the ridge. But , as is the habit of the British soldier, a third man volunteered to sacrifice himself, then a fourth, and a fifth; but the Germans saw them, and they all died there, [insert] in turn [/insert] on the sunken road, beneath the eyes of their comrades.

    Five men had gone out and five men had died, but there was [insert] still [/insert] yet  another man who was not afraid to go the way that his comrades had gone. This was Pte Jack Thomas Counter a soldier who was not yet 19 years old.

    It was then two o'clock.

    The Germans [insert] caught sight of [/insert]  ...  him as he came over the ridge. Pte Counter saw


  • May 19, 2017 17:56:33 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

    So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.

    Then one man went out alone and gambled with death upon the sunken road. And he died. A second followed him , and he, too, fell as the first man had follow , when he came to the crest of the ridge. But , as is the habit of the British soldier, a third man volunteered to sacrifice himself, then a fourth, and a fifth; but the Germans saw them, and they all died there, [insert] in turn [/insert] on the sunken road, beneath the eyes of their comrades.

    Five 



  • May 19, 2017 17:56:17 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

    So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.

    Then one man went out alone and gambled with death upon the sunken road. And he died. A second followed him , and he, too, fell as the first man had follow , when he came to the crest of the ridge. But , as is the habit of the British soldier, a third man volunteered to sacrifice himself, then a fourth, and a fifth; but the Germans saw them, and they all died there, [insert] in turn [/insert] on the sunken road, beneath the eyes of their comrades.



  • May 19, 2017 17:52:29 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

    So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun in the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was wounded , and the others could go no further for the storm of lead that  ...  beat down between those ^[insert] steep [/insert] high  banks.



  • May 19, 2017 17:50:55 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.

    So from the support trenches went out 6 men and an N.C.O. and began that perilous journey along the sunken road. No sooner had they shown themselves above the crest than they were a target for every machine gun ni the German lines. The N.C.O. was killed  one man was



  • May 19, 2017 17:48:05 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had marched up to the support trenches that  ...  along the crest of the hill. ^[insert] 250 yards behind [/insert] Two hours later the company- commander sent word to the officer in charge of no 7 platoon, bidding him at all costs to get in touch with no 8 platoon, and to find out whether they still held their ground astride the sunken road.



  • May 19, 2017 17:44:12 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come to them. They could send no news of their desperate plight  ...  back along the sunken swept by  German machine guns.

    At 9.30 , no 7, platoon  the reserve platoon of B company, had


  • May 19, 2017 17:42:17 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER

    D J. P/ Lloyd 1st. B. Kings Liverpool Regt//

              By Lieut J.P. Lloyd                                        

    Early on the morning of the 16th of April 1918, [insert]^ near BOISLEUX ST MARC [/insert], the Germans attached the 1st Battalion of the Kings' Liverpool Regiment.

    Machine gun and rifle pelted death into their ranks, as they crossed No Man's Land , but nothing could stay that  ...  tide [insert] of men which [/insert] that  flowed slowly over the broken ground, and poured at last into the British trenches.

    Here and there a post held out, like some sullen rock, surrounded by a sea of enemies. So it was with no 8 platoon of B company. With Germans in front of [insert] them [/insert] and on each side of them they battled on, fighting grimly, hoping that help would come


  • May 19, 2017 17:34:20 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte  JACK THOMAS COUNTER



  • May 19, 2017 17:34:06 Annick Rodriguez

                   TALES OF THE V.C

               

                  Tales of the V.C.                                    [stamped] M.1.7.B. (1) 17 JUL 1918 [/stamped]

           Pte 



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