Captain D Philip Hirsch, VC

Captain D Philip Hirsch, VCFor most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack near Wancourt on the 23rd April 1917.

Having arrived at the first objective, Captain Hirsch, although twice wounded, returned over fire-swept slopes to satisfy himself that the defensive flank was being established. Machine-gun fire was so intense that it was necessary for him to be continuously up and down the line encouraging his men to dig and hold the position.

He continued to encourage his men by standing on the parapet and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counter-attack until he was killed.

His conduct throughout was a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty.