Herbert James

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Herbert James
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Born (1888-11-30)30 November 1888
Ladywell, Birmingham
Died 15 August 1958(1958-08-15) (aged 69)
Kensington, London
Buried at West London Crematorium, Kensal Green Cemetery, London
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1909-1930
Rank Major
Battles/wars World War I

Major Herbert James VC MC (30 November 1888 – 15 August 1958) 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.

James was 26 years old and a second lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment,[1] British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 June 1915 in the southern zone of Gallipoli, when the advance of part of the regiment had been checked, Second-Lieutenant James, from a neighbouring unit, gathered together a body of men and led them forward under heavy fire. He then returned, organised a second party and again advanced, putting fresh life into the attack. On 3 July he headed a party of bomb throwers up a Turkish communication trench and when all his party had been killed or wounded, he remained alone, under murderous fire and kept back the enemy until a barrier had been built behind him and the trench secured.[2]

He later achieved the rank of major. His medals are on display at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.[3]


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