Harry Wells (VC)

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Harry Wells
Harry Wells VC Headstone at Dud Corner Cemetery
Born(1888-09-19)19 September 1888
Herne Bay, Kent
Died25 September 1915(1915-09-25) (aged 27)
Near Le Rutoire, Loos, France
Dud Corner Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
UnitRoyal Sussex Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsVictoria Cross
Other workPolice officer

Harry Wells VC (19 September 1888 – 25 September 1915) was an English 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.


Wells was 27 years old, and a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

For most conspicuous bravery near Le Retoire on 25th September, 1915. When his Platoon Officer had been killed he took command and led his men forward to within fifteen yards of the German wire. Nearly half the Platoon were killed or wounded, and the remainder were much shaken, but with the utmost coolness and bravery Serjeant Wells rallied them and led them forward. Finally, when very few were left, he stood up and urged them forward once more, but while doing this he was killed. He gave a magnificent example of courage and determination.[1]

Further information[edit]

Wells is buried in Dud Corner Cemetery, Le Rutoire, near Loos. 2 miles NW of Lens. Plot V, Row E, Grave 2.[2]

The medal[edit]

His VC is displayed at the Eastbourne Redoubt Museum, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.


  1. ^ "No. 29371". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 November 1915. pp. 11448–11449.
  2. ^ CWGC entry


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