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William Robert George Burfield

2/Lt. William Robert George Burfield, M.C.

Born at Leigh, near Tonbridge on 17th October 1889
Occupation : Butcher
Enlisted at Ashford, Kent on 26th October 1914

Initially posted to Army Service Corps.
Appointed Acting Sergeant, 2nd May 1917
Transferred to Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps on 4th August 1917
Commissioned Temporary 2nd Lieutenant 19th February 1918
Posted 1st Battalion Tank Corps on 18th May 1918 at Fechencourt
Demobilized 28th March 1919

Tales of valour

Military Cross

Military Cross

BURFIELD William Robert George, (Temporary 2nd Lieutenant)

1st Battalion, Tank Corps.

For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations near Beaucourt en Santerre on August 8th 1918, when in command of a tank which was carrying infantry. His tank received three direct hits from an enemy field gun at 700 yards range which killed the infantry officer. He at once got his crew and the infantry out of the tank and formed several strong points with his machine guns. He then returned alone to his tank and fired at the hostile battery with his 6-pdr gun. His tank received six more direct hits. Although wounded he returned to his machine gun posts. He finally returned to his tank and blew it up, as it was in danger of falling into enemy hands.
His great gallantry was a fine example to all.


1914-15 STAR