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George Lascelles

Birth: 1880
Death: 7/11/1918
Regiment: Captain - Durham Light Infantry
Battles: Western Front
Killed: 7/11/1918

 

George was a son of John & Mary of Milford Hall. He was educated at Uppingham School and attended the University of Edinburgh but abandoned his medical studies in 1902 and emigrated to South Africa.

He was awarded the MC and later the Victoria Cross, recorded in the London Gazette 8/1/1918  'For conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty when in command of his company in a very exposed position.  After heavy bombardment during which he was wounded, the enemy attacked in strong force but was driven off, success being due in a great degree to the fine example led by this officer... He was untiring in reorganising the position, but shortly afterwards the enemy again attacked and captured the trench and Capt. Lascelles, who later escaped.

The remarkable determination and gallantry of this officer in the course of operations, during which he received two further wounds, afforded an inspiring example to all.'

Lascelles was killed in action on 7/11/1918, just four days before the end of the war and is buried in Dourlers Communal Cemetery Extension. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Durham, England.

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