Leonard James Keyworth ["Tales of the V.C."], item 1
- January 18, 2018 03:52:02 Thomas A. Lingner
TALES OF THE V. C.
Pte. LEONARD JAMES KEYWORTH, 24th London Regt. (The Queen's
(By Lieut. J. P. Lloyd).
7 Feb 1918
On the night of the 25/26th May, 1915, the 24th London
Regiment (The Queen's) went forward to attack the German
Positions near Givenchy village, on the left of the
LA BASSÉE canal. The Germans were entrenched on
the forward slope of the low hill, but in spite of this
natural advantage they were forced out of their first line with
bomb and bayonet.
Encouraged by their success, the Queen's made valiant attempts
to gain more ground, but the Germans had had time to
reorganise their defense, and offered a stubborn resistance.
Again and again the British bombers tried to bomb their way
into the enemy's trenches, but the Germans, being on higher
ground, were able to outrange them. When day broke,
few of the bombers who had gone into action with the Queen's
were left unwounded.
It was for his wonderful bravery throughout this grim
struggle that Private Keyworth was awarded the Victoria Cross.
The simple story in the London Gazette which describes his
conduct dgives comparatively little indication of the courage and endurance
which he displayed that night.
When Pte Keyworth, with the other bombers of his company,
arrived at the foot of the German parapet, he found that
while the enemy could easily reach him with their bombs, his
own were continually falling short. And, in an attack, there
is no room for wasted bombs. The attackers must often carry their
Story location Givenchy
- 5456 / 60673
- Jeremy Arter
Login to edit the languages
Login to edit the fronts
- Western Front
Login to add keywords
- Trench Life