Walter Ratcliffe

Tales of valour

Military Medal

This NCO, being in charge of a tank during the action at Bellenglise on September 29, 1918, noticed that a tank had been put out of action by a gun concealed in a copse. He manoeuvred his tank in order to outflank the gun, but it was hit almost immediately afterwards, one of his crew being killed and others wounded. He removed four wounded men from the tank under heavy machine-gun and shell fire, and remained with the fourth, who was very badly hit, all night, getting him away to the dressing station the following morning. He behaved very coolly with the upmost bravery in very difficult circumstance.

MILITARY MEDAL

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

VICTORY MEDAL