John Elisha Grimshaw VC

Name: John Elisha Grimshaw

Conflict: First World War

Gazetted: March 15, 1917

Service: Army

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John Elisha Grimshaw VC
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Place/date of birth: Abram, near Wigan, Lancashire/January 20, 1893

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Corporal (later Sergeant)

Date of bravery: April 25, 1915

London Gazette citation:

No. 2609 Cpl. (now Sjt.) John Grimshaw.

On the 25th April, 1915, headquarters and three companies of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by very deadly fire from hidden machine guns, which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained.

Amongst the many very gallant officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Bromley, Serjeant Stubbs, and Corporal Grimshaw have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty.

The above awards of the Victoria Cross are to be read in conjunction with those conferred on the undermentioned for most conspicuous bravery on the same occasion:—

Capt. Richard Raymond Willis, 1st Bn., Lan. Fus.

No. 1293 Sjt. Alfred Richards, 1st Bn., Lan. Fus.

No. 1809 Pte. William Keneally, Ist Bn., Lan. Fus.

See London Gazette, dated 24th August, 1915.

NOTE.—Consequent on the award of the Victoria Cross the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to No. 2609 Sjt. John Grimshaw, 1st Bn., Lan. Fus., which was published in the London Gazette dated 16th November, 1915, is hereby cancelled.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Isleworth, London/July 20, 1980

Grave/memorials: South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hanworth, London

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 1999

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum