Charles Spackman

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Charles Edward Spackman
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Charles Spackman with the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).
Born 11 January 1891
Fulham, London
Died 7 May 1969 (aged 78)
Southampton, Hampshire
Buried South Stoneham Crematorium, Southampton
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Border Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Medal

Charles Edward Spackman VC, MM (11 January 1891 – 7 May 1969) 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 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 November 1917 at Marcoing, France, the leading company was checked by heavy fire from a gun mounted on a position which covered the approaches. Sergeant Spackman, realising that it would be impossible for the troops to advance, went through heavy fire to the gun, where he succeeded in killing all but one of the gun crew and then captured the gun.[1]


  1. ^ "No. 30471". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 January 1918. p. 723. 

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