Alfred Cecil Herring
Alfred Cecil Herring
|Born||26 October 1888|
|Died||10 August 1966 (aged 77)|
|Unit||Royal Army Service Corps|
The Northamptonshire Regiment (attached)
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Major Alfred Cecil Herring VC (26 October 1888 – 10 August 1966) 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.
He was 29 years old, and a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps, British Army, attached to 6th (S) Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 23/24 March 1918 at Montagne Bridge, France, the enemy had gained a position on the south bank of the canal and Second Lieutenant Herring's post was surrounded, but he immediately counter-attacked and recaptured the position, together with 20 prisoners and six machine-guns. During the night the post was continually attacked, but all attacks were beaten off, largely because Lieutenant Herring was frequently visiting his men and cheering them up. It was owing to his bravery and magnificent handling of his troops that the enemy advance was held up for 11 hours at a very critical period.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, Camberley, Surrey.
References and sources
- Max Arthur, Symbol of Courage: The Men Behind the Medal, p320, Pan Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 0330491334, 9780330491334
- "RASC Association". Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "No. 31340". The London Gazette. 15 May 1919. p. 6084.
- GRO Register of Births: DEC 1888 3a 3_7 EDMONTON - Alfred Cecil Herring
- History of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Sir Harold Howitt, Heinemann, London 1966
- The Times, City Diary, 2006-05-31
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - Spring Offensive 1918 (Gerald Gliddon, 1997)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Woking Crematorium)