William Herbert Waring

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William Herbert Waring
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 13 October 1885
Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died 8 October 1918 (aged 32)
Buried at Ste Marie Communal Cemetery, Le Havre, France
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Battles/wars First World War 
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Medal

William Herbert Waring VC MM (13 October 1885 – 8 October 1918) 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 British and Commonwealth forces.

He was born and lived in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire.

He was 32 years old, and a lance-sergeant in the 25th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.


On 18 September 1918 at Ronssoy, France, Lance-Sergeant Waring led an attack against enemy machine-guns and in the face of devastating fire, single-handed rushed a strong-point, bayoneting four of the garrison and capturing twenty, with their guns. The lance-sergeant then reorganized his men, leading and inspiring them for another 400 yards when he fell mortally wounded.[1]

Waring is buried at Ste Marie Communal Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine Maritime, France.[2]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales.


  1. ^ "No. 31155". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 January 1919. p. 1504. 
  2. ^ CWGC entry

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