Sgt Spackman VC 1918

Sergeant Charles Edward Spackman V.C.

Born at Fulham, London on 11 January 1891 a General Labourer,  he enlisted on 5th January 1909 in London and embarked with 1st Battalion The  Border Regiment  for Gallipoli in  March 1915 . Later he served with the 1st Battalion on the Western Front.

On 20th November 1917 at Marcoing, France, the leading company was checked by heavy fire from a gun mounted on a position which covered the approaches. Sergeant Spackman, realising that it would be impossible for the troops to advance, went through heavy fire to the gun, where he succeeded in killing all but one of the gun crew and then captured the gun. He was Awarded the VC for this action at Marcoing station on 20 November 1917.


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