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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 25/11/1881 Windsor, Berkshire. d. 05/05/1948 Wimbledon, London.

 

Greenwood was born in Windsor, the eldest of nine children to Charles Greenwood and Margaret Abernethy. He was 36 years old, and an acting lieutenant colonel in the 9th Battalion, the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army, during the First World War, when he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 23 October 1918 at Ovillers, France, when the advance of the battalion was checked by enemy machine gun fire, Lieutenant-Colonel Greenwood single-handedly rushed the position and killed the crew. Subsequently, accompanied by two runners, he took another machine-gun post, but then found that his command was almost surrounded by the enemy, who started to attack. Repulsing this attack, the colonel led his troops forward, capturing the last objective with 150 prisoners, eight machine guns, and one field gun. On 24 October he again inspired his men to such a degree that the last objective was captured and the line held in spite of heavy casualties.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: KING'S OWN YORKSHIRE MUSEUM, DONCASTER.

BURIAL PLACE: PUTNEY VALE CEMETERY, LONDON.

 

Harry Greenwood

VC, DSO*, OBE, MC

greenwood grave Putney Vale Cemetery

Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier

BLOCK N, GRAVE 71-C

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Victoria Barracks, Windsor

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