George Thomas Dorrell

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George Thomas Dorrell
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Born 7 July 1880
Paddington, London
Died 7 January 1971 (aged 90)
Cobham, Surrey
Buried at Randall's Park Crematorium, Leatherhead
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit Royal Horse Artillery
Royal Artillery
Home Guard
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
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.

Joining the British Army at the age of 15, Dorrell served in the Second Boer War.

He was 34 years old, and a Battery Sergeant Major in the 'L' Bty., Royal Horse Artillery, British Army during World War I when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

Main article: Action at Néry

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.

As brevet lieutenant colonel, Dorrell served as a company commander in the Home Guard during World War II.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Lt-Col Dorrell as depicted on a cigarette card

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The Nery gun