Garth Walford

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Garth Neville Walford
Garth Neville Walford.jpg
Born 27 May 1882
Camberley, Surrey, England
Died 26 April 1915 (aged 32)
Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire
Buried at V Beach Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service – 1915 
Rank Captain
Unit Royal Field Artillery
Battles/wars

World War I

Awards Victoria Cross
Memorial in Exeter Cathedral

Garth Neville Walford VC (27 May 1882 – 26 April 1915) 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.

Walford was born to Colonel Neville Walford (Royal Artillery) and his wife at No 5, The Terrace in Camberley, which is now part of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was 32 years old and married to Elizabeth Walford.[1]

Walford was a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery, British Army during the First World War, and was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions on 26 April 1915 at the V Beach, Gallipoli, Turkey. After his senior officers had been killed, Walford and Charles Hotham Montagu Doughty-Wylie organised a successful attack targeted on the old fort at the top of the hill, although both men were killed in the battle.

Citation[edit]

On 26th April, 1915, subsequent to a landing having been effected on the beach at a point on the Gallipoli Peninsula, during which both Brigadier-General and Brigade Major had been killed, Lieutenant-Colonel Doughty-Wylie and Captain Walford organised and led an attack through and on both sides of the village of Sedd el Bahr on the Old Castle at the top of the hill inland. The enemy's position was very strongly held and entrenched, and defended with concealed machine-guns and pom-poms. It was mainly due to the initiative, skill and great gallantry of these two Officers that the attack was a complete success. Both were killed in the moment of victory.

— The London Gazette, No. 29202, 22 June 1915[2]

Walford is buried in V Beach Cemetery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walford, Gareth Neville, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  2. ^ "No. 29202". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 June 1915. p. 6115. 
  3. ^ Capt Garth Neville Walford at Find a Grave

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