Saturday, September 13, 2014

Victoria Cross Postmark - Guildford, England

Royal Mail is issuing postmarks to commemorate recipients of the Victoria Cross during the First World War. Guildford was the birth place of Captain Francis Grenfell, who received the Victoria Cross for his fearless actions on 24 August 1914. Published in the London Gazette: "For gallantry in action against unbroken infantry at Andregnies, Belgium, on 24th August 1914, and for gallant conduct in assisting to save the guns of the 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, near Doubon the same day." He was the third soldier to receive the Victoria Cross during that war. Captain Francis Grenfell was killed in action 24 May 1915.

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