Lieut. Herbert James, V.C., M.C.
Lieutenant Herbert James, V.C., M.C. Born in Birmingham on the 13th November 1888, he was the only Worcestershire Regiment soldier to receive the Panama Medal of Solidarity.
As a 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment he was decorated with the Victoria Cross for his actions at Krithia, Gallipoli in 1915. He was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre in 1917.
As a Staff Captain at Amiens in 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross. He later rose to the rank of Major before retiring from the army.
He died at Kensington, West London, age of 69, on the 15th August 1958. His funeral took place at St. Mary Abbot, Kensington and his grave is at the West London Crematorium, Kensal Green.
His VC citation read:
"For most conspicuous bravery during the operations in the Southern Zone of the Gallipoli Peninsula. On 28th June, 1915, when a portion of the regiment had been checked, owing to all the officers being put out of action, Second-Lieutenant James, who belonged to a neighbouring Unit, entirely on his own initiative, gathered together a body of men and led them forward under heavy shell and rifle fire. He then returned, organised a second party and again advanced. His gallant example put fresh life into the attack. On 3rd July, in the same locality, Second-Lieutenant James headed a party of bomb throwers up a Turkish communication trench and after nearly all his bomb throwers had been killed or wounded, he remained alone at the head of the trench and kept back the enemy single-handed until a barrier had been built behind him and the trench secured. He was throughout exposed to murderous fire."
Date of Act of Bravery - 28th June, 1915.
1st September, 1915.