Ivor Rees

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Ivor Rees
Ivor Rees VC IWM Q 70903.jpg
Born18 October 1893
Felinfoel, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died11 March 1967 (aged 73)
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
RankCompany Sergeant-Major
UnitSouth Wales Borderers
Home Guard
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War
AwardsVictoria Cross

Ivor Rees VC (18 October 1893 – 11 March 1967) was a Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth forces.


Rees was born at Felinfoel. He enlisted into the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, part of the 115th Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. Rees survived the fighting at Mametz Wood, and moved with the Division to Ypres. At Ypres, the Battalion were tasked with the capture of the Pilckem Ridge - a heavily fortified German defensive line during the Battle of Passchendaele.

His citation read:

At Pilckem, Belgium, on 31st July 1917, an enemy machine gun inflicted many casualties when it opened fire at close range. Sergeant Rees, leading his platoon, gradually worked his way round the right flank, by making short rushes, to the rear of the gun position. At 20 yards from the machine gun, Sergeant Rees rushed forward towards it, shooting one of the crew, and bayoneting the other. He bombed a large concrete emplacement, killing five of the enemy and taking 30 prisoners, including two officers and capturing a machine gun, undamaged.

— London Gazette, 14 September 1917[1]

Later life[edit]

During the Second World War, he served as a Company Sergeant-Major in the Home Guard. Rees died on 12 March 1967 at Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.


Rees is remembered on memorials in Havard Chapel, Brecon Cathedral and at Llanelli Town Hall, Carmarthenshire.

His Victoria Cross is owned by the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, Brecon, Powys, Wales.


  1. ^ "No. 30284". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 September 1917. pp. 9532–9533.

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