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Geoffrey Harold Woolley (VC, OBE, MC) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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He was 22 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 9th (County of London) Bn., The London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.


During the night of 20/21 April 1915 on Hill 60, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Woolley was the only officer on the hill at the time, but with very few men he successfully resisted all attacks on his trench, and continued throwing bombs and encouraging his men until relieved. His trench during all this time was being heavily shelled and bombed.


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He later achieved the rank of Captain.He also became a reverend who married Jack Currie the author -who wrote books of his life as a bomberpilolt in WWII.


The medal

please update if you know where his medal is publicly displayed


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External links

  • Location of grave and VC medal (http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/sussex.htm) (West Sussex)


This page has been migrated from the Victoria Cross Reference (http://www.victoriacross.net) with permission.


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