Leonard James Keyworth ["Tales of the V.C."], item 3
- January 18, 2018 04:03:41 Thomas A. Lingner
supplies a long way; the defenders have them ready at their
But he soon solved that problem. He determined to stand on the parapet.
That we would certainly be killed did not weigh with
him at all. He could throw further - that was all that
mattered. Down below he had had cover of a sort. Up there
on the parapet he was an easy target for every German
sniper and bomber within range.
By some strange chance however he was not hit at all. He stood
on that parapet for two whole hours, continuously throwing
the bombs which his comrades passed up to him from below.
In that time he threw nearly 200. That he was not
killed is a wonderful thing; that he held out for so long
without dropping from sheer physical exhaustion is almost
more wonderful, as anyone who has bowled a cricket-ball
through a long summer afternoon can well realise - and a
bomb weighs a pound and a half, not five ounces!
But there is a limit to human endurance. At last the
time came when even he could do no more; and he
staggered down from his place on the parapet.
Afterwards, when he had partially recovered his strength, he
made a gallant attempt to rescue one of his officers, who
had been mortally wounded and was lying on the German
parapet, but the dying officer waved him away when he
approached, as the enemy's fire was so heavy that it
would have been certain death to have tried to reach him.