The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Sergeant Albert Gill VC

On 27th July 1916 at Delville Wood, France, the enemy made a very strong counter-attack on the right flank of the battalion and rushed the bombing post after killing all the company bombers. Sergeant Gill of the 1st Battalion KRRC rallied the remnants of his platoon, none of whom were skilled bombers, and reorganised his defences. Soon afterwards the enemy nearly surrounded his men and started sniping at about 20 yards range. Although it was almost certain death, Gill stood boldly up in order to direct the fire of his men. He was killed almost at once, but his gallant action held up the enemy advance.

Albert Gill was born in Birmingham on 8th Sep 1916. He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, France.

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