Bernard Matthew Cassidy VC

Bernard Matthew Cassidy (17/08/1892 – 28/03/1918) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Spring Offensive on 28 March 1918 at Arras, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30667, Page: 5354,  reads:

“2nd Lt. Bernard Matthew Cassidy, late Lan. Fus.

For most conspicuous bravery, self-sacrifice, and exceptional devotion to duty during an hostile attack. At a time when the flank of the division was in danger, Lt. Cassidy was in command of the left company of his battalion, which was in close support. He was given orders prior to the attack that he must hold on to his position to the last. He most nobly carried this out to the letter. The enemy came on in overwhelming numbers and endeavoured to turn the flank. He, however, continually rallied his men under a terrific bombardment. The enemy were several times cleared out of the trench by his personal leadership. His company was eventually surrounded, but Lt. Cassidy still fought on, encouraging and exhorting his men until he was eventually killed. By his most gallant conduct the whole attack was held up at this point and the left flank was undoubtedly saved from what might have been a disaster.”

Lt Bernard Cassidy VC, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Listed on the Arras Memorial to the Missing, France. Bay 5 

Arras Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph Mclean and the South African War Graves Project. 

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