Captain Robert Gee VC MC

Born in Leicester on 7th May 1876 he was 41 years old, and a temporary captain in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, during the First World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 30 November 1917 at Masnieres and Les Rues Vertes, France:

An attack by the enemy captured brigade headquarters and ammunition dump. Captain Gee, finding himself a prisoner, managed to escape and organised a party of the brigade staff with which he attacked the enemy, closely followed by two companies of infantry. He cleared the locality and established a defensive flank, then finding an enemy machine-gun still in action, with a revolver in each hand he went forward and captured the gun, killing eight of the crew. He was wounded, but would not have his wound dressed until the defence was organised.

He later transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment. After the war, Gee went into politics. He first stood for Parliament as a National Democratic Party candidate in the 1918 General Election at Consett, where he finished second. He then stood for Parliament as a Conservative in the 1921 Woolwich East by-election against Ramsay MacDonald. A great deal of attention was given in the campaign to the contrast between Gee as a Victoria Cross holder and Macdonald as a pacifist who opposed the war. Gee won the seat.

He died in Perth, Australia on 2nd Aug 1960, aged 84. He was cremated at the Karrakatta Crematorium. He is commemorated at War Veteran's House, Perth. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London, England.

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