Lt Gabriel Coury VC

Gabriel Coury

    Lt Gabriel Coury VC

Born in Liverpool, Gabriel Coury volunteered to serve in 1914 and served as a Second Lieutenant with The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers). His VC was awarded for his actions on August 8th 1916 near Arrow Head Copse at Guillemont on the Somme. The London Gazette entry read:

"For most conspicuous bravery. During an advance he was in command of two platoons ordered to dig a communication trench from the firing line to the position won. By his fine example and utter contempt of danger he kept up the spirits of his men and completed his task under intense fire. Later, after his battalion had suffered severe casualties and the Commanding Officer had been wounded, he went out in front of the advanced position in broad daylight and in full view of the enemy found his Commanding Officer, and brought him back to the new advanced trench over ground swept by machine-gun fire. He not only carried out his original tasks and saved his Commanding Officer, but also assisted in rallying the attacking troops when they were shaken and in leading them forward."

Coury continued to serve, transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in November 1916 finishing the war as a Captain. He re-enlisted at the outbreak of WW2 joining the Royal Army Service Corps and played a part in the Normandy Landings. He died in February 1956 aged 59.