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Reginald Vincent Ellingworth GC

Reginald Vincent Ellingworth (28/01/1898-21/09/1940) and Richard Ryan were awarded the GC for their actions during operations between 16 and 21 September 1940 at Clacton, Essex.

“He was 42 years old and serving in the Royal Navy when he was one of two officers who dealt with a Type C magnetic mine that fell at Clacton. When the first magnetic mines fell on London, Richard Ryan GC, with Chief Petty Officer Reginald Ellingworth, came forward without hesitation for the perilous work of making them safe, although with their unrivalled knowledge they were well aware of the dangers. The clock of the bomb fuse was normally timed to explode 21 seconds after impact. If it failed to do so, it might be restarted by the slightest movement. Together they dealt with 6 of these mines, one of them in a canal where they worked waist-deep in mud and water, making any escape impossible. The fuse could only be found and removed by groping for it under water. At Hornchurch they made safe a very hazardous mine which threatened the aerodrome and an explosives factory, and then they went to Dagenham to tackle a mine hanging from a parachute in a warehouse. Tragically, it exploded, killing them both.”

He is buried in Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth.

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Sidney James Day VC

Sidney James Day (03/07/1891 – 17/07/1959) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War, east of Hargicourt, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30338, Page: 10678, reads:

“No. 15092 Cpl. Sidney James Day, Suff. R. (Norwich).

For most conspicuous bravery.

Cpl. Day was in command of a bombing section detailed to clear a maze of trenches still held by the enemy; this he did, killing two machine gunners and taking four prisoners. On reaching a point where the trench had been levelled, he went alone and bombed his way through to the left, in order to gain touch with the neighbouring troops.

Immediately on his return to his section a stick bomb fell into a trench occupied by two officers (one badly wounded) and three other ranks.

Cpl Day seized the bomb and threw it over the trench, where it immediately exploded.

This prompt action undoubtedly saved the lives of those in the trench.

He afterwards completed the clearing of the trench, and, establishing himself in an advanced position, remained for sixty-six hours at his post, which came under intense hostile shell and rifle grenade fire.

Throughout the whole operations his conduct was an inspiration to all. “

He is buried in Portsmouth Milton Cemetery. The headstone in the image below has since been replaced.

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John Danagher VC

John Danagher (aka John Danaher) (25/06/1860 – 09/01/1919) was serving with Nourse’s Horse (Transvaal) during the first Boer War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 25084, Page: 1130, reads:

“Late 2nd Battalion, the Connaught Rangers. Lance Corporal James Murray.

Nourse’s Horse, Trooper John Danaher.

“For their gallant conduct during an engagement with the Boers at Elandsfontein on the 16th January, 1881, in advancing for 500 yards, under a very heavy fire from a party of about 60 Boers, to bring out of action a private of the 21st Foot who had been severely wounded;  in attempting which Lance-Corporal Murray was himself severely wounded.”

He is buried in Portsmouth Milton Cemetery; Plot M, Row 1, Grave 6. 

The grave of John Danagher VC

The grave of John Danagher VC

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