Charles Edward Spackman (9522 Sgt.)

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Victoria Cross Recipient
The Victoria Cross without Bar
Name Charles Edward Spackman, MM
Born 11 January 1891
Died 7 May 1969 (aged 78)
Rank Sergeant
Number 9522
Battalion 1st Border Regiment
Action date 20 November 1917
Citation date 11 June 1918
Border Regiment Victoria Cross Citations

Citation[edit]

For most conspicuous bravery when in action. The leading company was checked by heavy fire of a machine gun mounted in a position which covered the approaches. The ground was absolutely devoid of cover of any description. Sergeant Spackman realising the situation, and seeing it was impossible for troops to advance, went through the fire to attack the gun. Working forward gradually, he succeeded in killing all but one of the gun crew. He then rushed the gun and captured it singlehanded, thereby enabling the company to advance. The behaviour of the Non-Commissioned Officer was gallant in the extreme and he set a fine example of courage and devotion to his men. [1]

Notes[edit]

Charles was born in Fulham on the 11 January 1891[2] and died in Southampton on the 7 May 1969,[2] where he rests at Swaythling Crematorium. His Victoria Cross is not publicly held.[3]

References[edit]

  1. London Gazette, (Supplement) no. 30471, p.723
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia: Charles Edward Spackman Retrieved 18 September, 2014.
  3. The Victoria Cross. The Border Regiment Retrieved 6 November, 2014.