George Thomas Dorrell
|George Thomas Dorrell|
|Born||7 July 1880
|Died||7 January 1971 (aged 90)
|Buried at||Randall's Park Crematorium, Leatherhead|
|Unit||Royal Horse Artillery
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Lieutenant-Colonel George Thomas Dorrell VC, MBE (7 July 1880 – 7 January 1971) 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.
On 1 September 1914, at Néry, France, during a fierce attack by the enemy, all the officers of 'L' Battery were either killed or wounded, including the officer (Edward Kinder Bradbury) in command, who, although having had one leg taken off by a shell, continued to direct the firing until he died. Battery Sergeant-Major Dorrell then took over command with the support of a sergeant (David Nelson) and continued to fire one of the guns until all the ammunition was expended.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London.
- Find a grave profile
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - 1914 (Gerald Gliddon, 1994)