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Lance Sergeant Tom Neely VC MM

Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to Lance Sergeant Tom Neely MM, number 32827, 8th (Service) Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

Tom Neely was born on 28th March 1897 at Seacombe, near Wallasey, in Cheshire, and was resident in Liverpool when he joined the 8th (Service) Battalion King’s Own. Having already won the Military Medal in 1918, he received the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Flesquieres on 27th September of that year. The 'London Gazette' published the citation on 4th December 1918:

“For most conspicuous bravery during operations at Flesquieres on the 27th September 1918. His company was held up during the advance by heavy machine gun fire from a flank. Corporal Neely, realising the seriousness of the situation, at once, under point blank fire, dashed out with two men and rushed the positions, disposing of the garrisons and capturing three machine guns. Subsequently on two successive occasions he rushed concrete strong points, killing or capturing the occupants. The splendid initiative and fighting spirit displayed by this gallant non-commissioned officer in dealing with a series of posts, in some cases single-handed, was largely responsible for the taking and clearing of a heavily fortified and strongly garrisoned position, and enabled his company to advance 3,000 yards along the Hindenburg support line.”

He was killed in action on 1st October 1918 near Rumilly and is buried in Masnieres Military Cemetery, France. His parents received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace.

Neely's Victoria Cross and Military Medal were sold at auction at Spink, London, in November 2010.

Lance Sergeant Tom Neely VC MM
Accession Number: KONEG0463

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