George Jarratt VC.

George Jarratt (20/07/1891 – 03/05/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the 3rd of May 1917 near Pelves, France

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30122, Page: 5705, reads:

“No. 55295 Cpl. George Jarratt, late R.F.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion in deliberately sacrificing his life to save others.

He had, together with some wounded men, been taken prisoner and placed under guard in a dug-out. The same evening the enemy were driven back by our troops, the leading infantrymen of which commenced to bomb the dug-outs. A grenade fell in the dugout, and without hesitation Cpl. Jarratt placed both feet on the grenade, the subsequent explosion blowing off both his legs.

The wounded were later safely removed to our lines, but Cpl. Jarratt died before he could be removed. By this supreme act of self-sacrifice the lives of these wounded were saved.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing Bay 3.

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

 

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