Spencer John Bent VC, MM

Spencer John Bent (18/03/1891 – 03/05/1977) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29001, Page: 10533, reads:

“No. 8581, Drummer Spencer Jonn Bent, 1st Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment.  

For conspicuous gallantry near Le Gheer on the night of the lst-2nd November, when, after his Officer, Platoon Sergeant, and Section Commander had been struck down, he took command, and, with great presence of mind and coolness, succeeded in holding the position.

Drummer Bent had previously distinguished himself on two occasions, 22nd and 24th October, by bringing up ammunition under a heavy shell and rifle fire, and again, on the 3rd November, when he brought into cover some wounded men who were lying exposed in the open.”

He was cremated at West Norwood Crematorium in London.

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