David Philip Hirsch VC

David Philip Hirsch  (28/12/1896 – 23/04/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the 23rd of April 1917 near Wancourt, France, 

The Citation recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30130, Page: 5865, reads: 

“2nd Lt. (A/Capt.) David Philip Hirsch., late York R.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack.

Having arrived at the first objective, Capt. Hirsch, although already twice wounded, returned over fire-swept slopes to satisfy himself that the defensive flank was being established.

Machine gun fire was so intense that it was necessary for him to be continuously up and down the line encouraging his men to dig and hold the position.

Standing on the parapet and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counterattack until he was killed. His conduct throughout was a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated 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

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 29/04/2017. Image courtesy of Mark Green.

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