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Sjt John William Ormsby VC MM KOYLI 100th Anniversary of the VC being Awarded


On the hundredth anniversary of the award of a VC to. Sjt John William Ormsby VC MM 2KOYLI below is the Facebook post from Jason Yarrow, who was a member of 8LI in. Batley, a great grandson of Sjt Ormsby.

Today is the 100 years anniversary of our Great grandfather Sjt John William Ormsby being awarded the Victoria Cross . I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and all men and women who served in our armed forces and those who are serving today. He was 36 years old, and a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 14 April 1917 at Fayet, France, during operations which culminated in the capture of an important position, Sergeant Ormsby, acting as company sergeant-major showed complete indifference to the heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and set a fine example. After clearing a village he pushed on and drove out many snipers from localities further forward. When the only surviving officer was wounded he took command of the company and led them forward under heavy fire for 400 yards to a new position, holding it until relieved. Cede Nullis

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