George Rowland Patrick Roupell and Edward Dwyer ["Tales of the V.C."]

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1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment VCs'

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George Rowland Patrick Roupell VC CB (7 April 1892 – 4 March 1974) was born in Tipperary and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Contents [hide] At the outbreak of war, the 1st Battalion East Surreys were deployed as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) into northern Belgium. Roupell commanded a platoon in the BEF's first major action; the Battle of Mons in August 1914. Roupell kept a diary throughout the war which has since been a useful, and sometimes humorous, source of insight and observation on the events that he witnessed and participated in. In the trenches at Mons he recounted how he had to hit his men on the backside with his sword in order to gain their attention and remind them to fire low as they had been taught! Soon after, following the retreat from Mons in September, he led his platoon in the first Battle of the Aisne. Once again, Roupell came under heavy fire, this time whilst crossing the Aisne on a raft. The Surrey's advance was pushed back with heavy casualties. Early the following year, during the continued fighting around Ypres, Roupell was 23 years old, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. His citation reads: For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 20 April 1915, when he was commanding a company of his battalion in a front trench on "Hill 60," which was subjected to a most severe bombardment throughout the day. Though wounded in several places, he remained at his post and led his company in repelling a strong German assault. During a lull in the bombardment he had his wounds hurriedly dressed, and then insisted in returning to his trench, which was again being subjected to severe bombardment. Towards evening, his company being dangerously weakened, he went back to his battalion headquarters, represented the situation to his Commanding Officer, and brought up reinforcements, passing backwards and forwards over ground swept by heavy fire. With these reinforcements he held his position throughout the night, and until his battalion was relieved next morning. This young Officer was one of the few survivors of his company, and showed a magnificent example of courage, devotion and tenacity, which undoubtedly inspired his men to hold out till the end Corporal Edward Dwyer VC (25 November 1895 – 3 September 1916) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross born in Fulham, London, on 25 November 1895. He was 19 years old, and a Private in the 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, British Army during World War I, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 20 April 1915 at Hill 60, Belgium. Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at "Hill 60" on the 20th April, 1915. When his trench was heavily attacked by German grenade throwers he climbed on to the parapet, and, although subjected to a hail of bombs at close quarters, succeeded in dispersing the enemy by the effective use of his hand grenades. Private Dwyer displayed great gallantry earlier on this day in leaving his trench, under heavy shell fire, to bandage his wounded comrades. —London Gazette, 21 May 1915 Dwyer was also awarded the Cross of St. George by Russia.The attached account of their 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: 5 March 1918.

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5485
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
6
Person 1
George Rowland Patrick Roupell
Person 2
Edward Dwyer
Origin date
September 15, 1914 – March 5, 1918
Language
English
Keywords
Propaganda, Trench Life
Front
Western Front
Contributor
Jeremy Arter
License
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
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