George William Chafer VC
Chafer, George William
Private 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.
London Gazetted on 5 Aug 1916.
Born on 16 Apr 1894 at Bradford, Yorkshire.
Died on 2 Mar 1966 at Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Memorial: Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 3/4 June 1916 East of Meaulte, France, during a very heavy bombardment and attack on our trenches, a man carrying an important written message to his commanding officer was half - buried and rendered unconscious by a shell. Private Chafer, at once grasping the situation, on his own initiative, took the message from the man's pocket and, although severely wounded, choking and blinded by gas, ran along the ruined Parapet under heavy shell and machine - gun fire. He just succeeded in delivering the message before he collapsed from the effects of his wounds.
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