Frank Edward Stubbs

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Frank Edward Stubbs
VC
Frank Edward Stubbs VC.jpg
Born 12 March 1888
Walworth, Surrey, England
Died 25 April 1915(1915-04-25) (aged 27)
Gallipoli, Turkey
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Lancashire Fusiliers
Battles/wars World War I 
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Frank Edward Stubbs VC (12 March 1888 – 25 April 1915) 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.

Stubbs was 27 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War. He was killed in action on 25 April 1915 while landing on W Beach in Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Stubbs was one of the six members of the regiment elected for the award by the survivors. These were hailed in the press as 'six VC's before breakfast',[1] and the commander of the Allied troops at Gallipoli, General Ian Hamilton ordered that the beach be renamed 'Lancashire Landing'.[2]

The other five of the '6 VCs before breakfast' were awarded to Cuthbert Bromley, John Elisha Grimshaw, William Keneally, Alfred Joseph Richards and Richard Raymond Willis

Citation[edit]

On the 25th April, 1915, headquarters and three companies of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by very deadly fire from hidden machine guns, which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Amongst the many very gallant officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Bromley, Serjeant Stubbs, and Corporal Grimshaw have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty.

—The London Gazette, No. 29985, 15 March 1917

He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.[3] His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frank Stubbs". Find a Grave. 
  2. ^ "Lancashire Fusiliers". 1914-1918. 
  3. ^ CWGC entry