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Ellis Whiteside

Tales of valour

Military Cross

Military Cross

WHITESIDE Ellis, (Lieutenant)

10th Battalion Tank Corps

At night on March 27th 1918, in his capacity as company reconnaissance officer, this officer led his company into action in an attack near Gommecourt. The ground was difficult, and the wide trenches had to be negotiated in the dark. Knowing these difficulties, Lieutenant Whiteside personally guided the tanks into action and, although subjected to heavy shell and machine-gun fire, he continued to lead the tanks and enabled them to successfully engage the enemy, causing heavy casualties to be inflicted. This officer has throughout the operations (March 21-28) performed very valuable services.

MILITARY CROSS

1914-15 STAR

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

DEFENCE MEDAL

VICTORY MEDAL