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Name
WOODROFFE
First name
SIDNEY CLAYTON
Date of death
30/07/1915
Title
Second Lieutenant VC
Extra information
WOODROFFE, Second Lieutenant, SIDNEY CLAYTON, V C, 8th Bn. Rifle Brigade. 30th July 1915. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Woodroffe, of Branksome Avenue, Bournemouth. Educated at Marlborough. Panel 46 - 48 and 50 An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29286, dated 3rd Sept., 1915, records the following .-"For most conspicuous bravery on 30th July, 1915, at Hooge. The enemy having broken through the centre of our front trenches, consequent on the use of burning liquids, this Officer's position was heavily attacked with bombs from the flank and subsequently from the rear, but he managed to defend his post until all his bombs were exhausted, and then skilfully withdrew his remaining men. This very gallant Officer immediately led his party forward in a counter-attack under an intense rifle and machine gun fire, and was killed whilst in the act of cutting the wire obstacles in the open."
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