Charles William Train

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Charles William Train
Born 21 September 1890
London, England
Died 28 March 1965 (aged 74)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit London Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

Charles William Train VC (21 September 1890 – 28 March 1965) was an English 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.

He was 27 years old, and a corporal in the 2/14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 8 December 1917 at Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem, in Ottoman controlled Palestine, when his company was unexpectedly engaged at close range by a party of the enemy with two machine-guns and brought to a standstill, Corporal Train on his own initiative rushed forward and engaged the enemy with rifle grenades and succeeded in putting some of the team out of action by a direct hit. He shot and wounded an officer and killed or wounded the remainder of the team. After this he went to the assistance of a comrade who was bombing the enemy from the front and killed one of them who was carrying the second machine-gun out of action.[1]

He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the London Scottish Regimental Museum in London, England.


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30548. p. 2589. 26 February 1918. Retrieved 02 May 2015.

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