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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
I9I4-I918
Name.
No.
Rank.
Battalion.
Date of L.G.
notifying
Award.
.. On November 4th, in the attack on the Oise-Sambre Canal,
under heavy fire from the canal bank, he rushed forward with a
Lewis-gun team in the face of an intense barrage, brought the gun
into action, effectively silenced the enemy's fire, thus enabling
his company to advance and gain their objectives.
.. Throughout the whole of these operations Serjeant Clarke
acted with magnificent bravery and total disregard of personal
safety and by his gallantry and hfgh sense of duty set an inspiring
example to all ranks ."
(Extract from London Gazette dated
6/1/19 .)
Marshall,
J.
N.,
M.C.
Lieutenant (acting
Lieutenant–
Colonel)
Irish Guards
13/2/19
(Supplementary
Reserve)
(attached
16th)
.. For most conspicuous bravery, determination and leadership
in the attack on the Sambre-Oise Canal, near CatilIon, on the
4th November, ]9]8, when a partly constructed bridge came under
concentrated fire and was broken before the advanced troops of
his battalion could cross. Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall at once
went forward and organized parties to rcpair the bridge. Tbe first
party were soon killed or wounded, but by personal example he
inspired his command, and volunteers were instantly forthcoming.
Under intense fire and with complete disregard of his own safety,
he stood on the bank encouraging his men and assisting in the
work, and when the bridge was repaired attempted to rush across
at the head of his battalion, and was killed while doing so. The
passage of the canal was of vital importance, and the gallantry
displayed by all ranks was largely due to the inspiring example
set by Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall."
(Extract from London Gazette dated
18/2/19.)
[Note.-The
Regiment bas always claimed that 18 Victoria Crosses were conferred
upon it. But thc War Office held that as Lieutenant-Colonel
J.
N. Marshall, V.C., M.C.,
belonged to the Irish Guards and was only attached to the 16th Lancashire Fusiliers
while commanding it, his Victoria Cross must be credited to the Irish Guarrls. Lord
Stamfordham, Private Secretary to His Majesty King George V, in a letter to the Adjutant–
General to the Forces, dated 19th June, 1924, asked that the Colonel of the Regiment
might be informed ' ·how impressed His Majesty was when he heard that during the Great
War 17 Victoria Crosses were conferred upon the Regiment. This
in
addition to the fact
that thirty battalions were engaged and gained fifty-six Battle Honours, must be a unique
record."]