John Franks Vallentin (14/05/1882 – 07/11/1914) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the first Battle of Ypres.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29074, Page: 1700, reads:
“Captain John Franks Vallentin, 1st Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment.
For conspicuous bravery on 7th November at Zillebeke. When leading the attack against the Germans under a very hea\y fire he was struck down, and on rising to continue the attack was immediately killed.
The capture of the enemy’s trenches Which followed was in a great measure due to the confidence which the men had in their Captain, arising from his many previous acts of great bravery and ability.”
He has no known grave and is commemorated at The Menin Gate Ypres Memorial. Panel 35.
Menin Gate. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project