Geoffrey St George Shillington Cather VC

Geoffrey St George Shillington Cather (11/10/1890 – 02/07/1916) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 1 July 1916 near Hamel, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29740, Page: 8869, reads:

” Temp. Lt. Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather, late K. Ir. Fus.

For most conspicuous bravery. From 7 p.m. till midnight he searched “No Man’s-Land,” and brought in three wounded men. Next morning at 8 a.m. he continued his search, brought in another wounded man, and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally, at 10.30 a.m., he took out water to another man, and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy, and under direct machine gun fire and intermittent artillery fire.

He set’a splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice.”


He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in the Somme in France. Pier 13, Face A-B

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 01/03/2017. Commemoration Image courtesy of Mark Green,  Gallaher cigarette card first released 1917, reproduced by Card Creations © 2003

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