North Irish Horse colonel won VC rallying infantry in WW1


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Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West from Co. Fermanagh was on secondment from the North Irish Horse to the Tank Corps. He was killed in action at Courcelles, France, aged 40, on 2 September 1918 when he rallied infantry who had become disorientated in dense fog. He encouraged them with the words – “Stick it, Men; Show Them Fight”. For his action he was awarded the Victorious Cross. He was the holder of the DSO & Bar, and the MC.

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