Edward John Mott

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Edward John Mott
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 4 July 1893
Drayton, Vale of White Horse
Died October 1967
Witney, Oxfordshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Border Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Edward John Mott VC DCM (4 July 1893 – 20 October 1967) 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.

Born in Drayton he enlisted in The Border Regiment in 1910, and in 1915, took part in the ill-fated Dardanelles Expedition, after which he served in Egypt and then on the Western Front.[1]

He was 23 years old and a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment, British Army when he was awarded the VC.

On 27 January 1917 south of Le Transloy, France, an attack by Sergeant Mott's company was held up at a strong-point by machine-gun fire. Although severely wounded in the eye, Sergeant Mott made a rush for the gun and after a fierce struggle seized the gunner and took him prisoner, capturing the gun. It was due to the dash and initiative of this NCO that the left flank attack succeeded.[2]

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His Victoria Cross is displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org/sergeant-edward-john-mott/ Retrieved 8 September 2014
  2. ^ "No. 29978". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 March 1917. p. 2451. 
  3. ^ "Victoria Cross, awarded to Sgt. E. J. Mott, 1917". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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