Albert Gill VC
Name: Albert Gill
Conflict: First World War
Gazetted: October 26, 1916
Place/date of birth: Birmingham/September 8, 1879
Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Sergeant
Date of bravery: July 27, 1916
London Gazette citation:
No. 2815 Serjeant Albert Gill, late King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
For most conspicuous bravery. The enemy made a very strong counter-attack on the right flank of the battalion, and rushed the bombing post after killing all the company bombers.
Serjeant Gill at once rallied the remnants of his platoon, none of whom were skilled bombers, and reorganised his defences, a most difficult and dangerous task, the trench being very shallow and much damaged. Soon afterwards the enemy nearly surrounded his men by creeping up through the thick undergrowth, and commenced sniping at about twenty yards range. Although it was almost certain death, Serjeant Gill stood boldly up in order to direct the fire of his men. He was killed almost at once, but not before he had shown his men where the enemy were, and thus enabled them to hold up their advance.
By his supreme devotion to duty and self- sacrifice he saved a very dangerous situation
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Other decorations: N/A
Place/date of death: Delville Wood, Somme, France/July 27, 1916
Burial/memorials: Delville Wood Cemetery, Somme, France
Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Dix Noonan Webb, London, 2000
Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum