Walter Mills (VC)
21 July 1894|
11 December 1917 (aged 23)|
|Buried||Gorre British Cemetery, Beuvry|
|Years of service||-1917 †|
|Unit||The Manchester Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Walter Mills VC (21 July 1894 – 11 December 1917) 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.
On 11 December 1917, during the First World War while Private Mills was manning a position at Red Dragon Crater near Givenchy, France the enemy launched an intense gas attack followed by a ground assault against the overcome garrisons. Private Mills, though badly gassed himself, met the attack single-handedly and continued to throw bombs until the arrival of reinforcements. He remained at his post until the attackers had been driven off. While being carried away from the scene of battle he died of gas poisoning. However, it was due to his efforts that the enemy was defeated and the line remained intact. For this reason he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Mills was buried at Gorre British & Indian Cemetery, Nr Bethune, Pas-De-Calais, France.
His VC Medal was buried with his Daughter Ellen, who died in the 1934
On 11 December 2017 a commemorative plaque was laid at Oldham parish church in memory of Walter Mills.