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

Title in English
The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) V.C.

Private R. Ryder, 12th Middlesex Regiment, was awarded the V.C. for bravery on 26 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) was held up by heavy rifle fire and all his officers had become casualties. This caused the usual confusion and for want of leadership the attack was flagging when Private Ryder, acting alone and with great bravery advanced at a quick pace towards the German held trench. Not only did he suppress the occupants but also, by the skillful handling of his Lewis Gun succeeded in clearing the trench - his success seems to have encouraged his companions making the subsequent advance possible and turned what could have been failure into an advance. The British officially adopted the Lewis Gun in .303 calibre for Land and Aircraft use in October 1915; it is the first true LSW (Light Support Weapon). See 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: 12 April 1918.

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Person 1
Robert Ryder
Born: December 17, 1895 in Harefield, Middlesex.
Died: December 1, 1978 in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
Person 2
James Price Lloyd
Origin date
September 26, 1916 – September 26, 1916
Propaganda, Trench Life
Western Front
Jeremy Arter
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