George Allan Maling VC
Name: George Allan Maling
Conflict: First World War
Gazetted: November 18, 1915
Place/date of birth: Sunderland, Co Durham/October 6, 1888
Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Temporary Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
Date of bravery: September 25, 1915
London Gazette citation:
Temporary Lieutenant George Allan Maling, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the heavy fighting near Fauquissart on 25th September, 1915.
Lieutenant Maling worked incessantly with untiring energy from 6.15 a.m. on the 25th till 8 a.m. on the 26th, collecting and treating in the open under heavy shell fire more than 300 men. At about 11 a.m. on the 25th he was flung down and temporarily stunned by the bursting of a large high-explosive shell, which wounded his only assistant and killed several of his patients. A second shell soon covered him and his instruments with debris, but his high courage and zeal never failed him and he continued his gallant work single-handed.
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Other decorations: N/A
Place/date of death: Lee, London/July 9, 1929
Grave/memorials: Headstone, Chislehurst Cemetery, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent; name on plaque, Army Medical Services HQ, Camberley, Surrey
Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2022
Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum