Walter Mills (22/06/1894 – 11/12/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Red Dragon Crater near Givenchy, France during the First World War.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 1Supplement: 30523, Page: 200, reads:
“No. 3T5499 Pte. Walter Mills, late Manch. B. (Oldham).
For most conspicuous bravery and self sacrifice.
When, after an intense gas attack, a strong enemy patrol endeavoured to rush our posts, the garrisons of which had been overcome, and though badly gassed himself, he met the attack single-handed and continued to throw bombs until the arrival of reinforcements, and remained at his post until the enemy’s attacks Had been finally driven off.
While being carried away he died from gas poisoning. It was solely due to his exertions, when his only chance of personal safety lay in remaining motionless, that the enemy was defeated and the line retained intact.”
He is buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, France, and Commemorated on the Oldham War Memorial.
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