Sgt Robert Spall

Sgt Robert Spall
Sgt Robert Spall

For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice when, during an enemy counter-attack, his platoon was isolated. Thereupon Serjt. Spall took a Lewis gun and, standing on the parapet, fired upon the advancing enemy, inflicting very severe casualties. He then came down the trench directing the men into a sap seventy-five yards from the enemy. Picking up another Lewis gun, this gallant N.C.O. again climbed the parapet, and by his fire held up the enemy. It was while holding up the enemy at this point that he was killed. Serjt. Spall deliberately gave his life in order to extricate his platoon from a most difficult situation, and it was owing to his bravery that the platoon was saved.

Robert Spall (5 March 1890 – 13 August 1918), was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Robert Spall was born in Acton, London, England on March 5, 1890. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in July 1915.

Service Details
ConflictWorld War 1
ActionAugust 13, 1918 in Parvillers-le-Quesnoy, France
DiedAugust 13, 1918 in Parvillers-le-Quesnoy, France
UnitEastern Ontario Regt, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force
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