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                       Tales of the V.C.

                  Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                              Canadian Infantry

During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy were

entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

ground over which our troops had to advance was under

their observation and swept by their fire.

Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and led

them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 

although their losses were growing heavier enlarge with

every step they took.
When the company was sufficiently close to the German position the

order was passed along to charge, and, after a fierce struggle

at close quarters the enemy was driven out and the trench

was ours.  [insert] Taken! [/insert]

But its possession was a mixed blessing. The enemy kept up

a continuous fire from a line of "pillboxes" in rear of their

old line, making any attempt at consolidation on our part almost

impossible.

Lt O'Kelly reorganised his company under cover of the trench

and personally led a series of attacks upon the line of

"pill-boxes" His company alone was responsible for the

capture of no less than six of these strongholds, and in all 



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                       Tales of the V.C.

                  Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                              Canadian Infantry

During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy were

entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

ground over which our troops had to advance was under

their observation and swept by their fire.

Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and led

them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 

although their losses were growing heavier enlarge with

every step they took.
When the company was sufficiently close to the German position the

order was passed along to charge, and, after a fierce struggle

at close quarters the enemy was driven out and the trench

was ours.  [insert] Taken! [/insert]

But its possession was a mixed blessing. The enemy kept up

a continuous fire from a line of "pillboxes" in rear of their

old line, making any attempt at consolidation on our part almost

impossible.

Lt O'Kelly reorganised his company under cover of the trench

and personally led a series of attacks upon the line of

"pill-boxes" His company alone was responsible for the

capture of no less than six of these strongholds, and in all 




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  • January 5, 2018 18:19:31 Thomas A. Lingner

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

    1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

    upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

    efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy were

    entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

    ground over which our troops had to advance was under

    their observation and swept by their fire.

    Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and led

    them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

    their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

    open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

    of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 

    although their losses were growing heavier enlarge with

    every step they took.
    When the company was sufficiently close to the German position the

    order was passed along to charge, and, after a fierce struggle

    at close quarters the enemy was driven out and the trench

    was ours.  [insert] Taken! [/insert]

    But its possession was a mixed blessing. The enemy kept up

    a continuous fire from a line of "pillboxes" in rear of their

    old line, making any attempt at consolidation on our part almost

    impossible.

    Lt O'Kelly reorganised his company under cover of the trench

    and personally led a series of attacks upon the line of

    "pill-boxes" His company alone was responsible for the

    capture of no less than six of these strongholds, and in all 



  • July 10, 2017 21:47:31 Annick Rodriguez

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

    1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

    upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

    efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy held a were

     ...  entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

    ground on across   over which our troops had to advance was under

    their onervation  observation and swept by their fire.

    Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and  ... 

    them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

    their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

    open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

    of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 

    although their losses were growing heavier enlarge with

    every step they took.
    When the company was sufficiently close to the German position the

    order was passed along to charge, and, after a fierce struggle

    at close quarters the enemy was driven out and the trench

    was ours.  [insert] Taken! [/insert]

    But its possession was a mixed blessing. The enemy kept up

    a continuous fire from a line of "pillboxes" in rear of their

    old line, making any attempt at consolidation on our part almost

    impossible.

    Lt O'Kelly reorganised his company under cover of the trench

    and personally led a series of attacks upon the line of

    "pill-boxes" His company alone was responsible for the

    capture of no less than six of these strongholds, and in all 




  • July 10, 2017 21:46:58 Annick Rodriguez

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

    1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

    upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

    efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy held a were

     ...  entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

    ground on across   over which our troops had to advance was under

    their onervation  observation and swept by their fire.

    Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and  ... 

    them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

    their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

    open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

    of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 

    although their losses were growing heavier enlarge with

    every step they took.
    When the company was sufficiently close to the German position the

    order was passed along to charge, and, after a fierce struggle

    at close quarters the enemy was driven out and the trench

    was ours.  [insert] Taken! [/insert]

    But its possession was a mixed blessing. The enemy kept up

    a continuous fire from a line of "pillboxes" in rear of their

    old line, making any attempt at consolidation on our part almost

    impossible.

    Lt O'Kelly reorganised his company under cover of the trench

    and personally led a series of attacks upon the line of

    "pill-boxes" His company alone was responsible for the

    capture of no less than six of these strongholds, and in all




  • July 10, 2017 21:41:14 Annick Rodriguez

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

    1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

    upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

    efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy held a were

     ...  entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

    ground on across   over which our troops had to advance was under

    their onervation  observation and swept by their fire.

    Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and  ... 

    them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

    their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

    open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

    of their leader, the company followed him without faltering 


  • July 10, 2017 21:40:44 Annick Rodriguez

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PASSCHENDAELE  at the end of October

    1917 the company of which Lt O'Kelly was in command was called

    upon to reinforce two battalions that had suffered severely in their

    efforts to capture a strong German position. The enemy held a were

     ...  entrenched along the crest of a hill, and the whole of the

    ground on across   over which our troops had to advance was under

    their onervation  observation and swept by their fire.

    Lt. O'Kelly went forward at the head of his men, and  ... 

    them under a storm of shells and machine gun five towards

    their objective nearly three-quarters of a mile away across

    open ground. Inspired by his the coolness and determination

    of their leader, the company followed him without faltering


  • July 10, 2017 21:28:26 Annick Rodriguez

                           Tales of the V.C.

                      Lt. CHRISTOPHER PATRICK O'KELLY. M.C.,

                                                  Canadian Infantry

    During operations near PA


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