James Kirk (27/01/1897 – 04/11/1918) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in November 1918 during the First World War.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 31108, Page: 307, reads:
“2nd Lt. James Kirk, late 10th, attd. 2nd, Bn., Manchester R.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty North of Ors on 4th Nov., 1918, whilst attempting to bridge the Oise Canal.
To cover the bridging of the canal he took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, paddled across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expended all his ammunition. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continuously maintained a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till killed at his gun.
The supreme contempt of danger and magnificent self-sacrifice displayed by this gallant officer prevented many casualties and enabled two platoons to cross the bridge before it was destroyed.”
He is buried in Ors Communal Cemetery, Ors, France and commemorated on the Oldham War Memorial.
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