Thomas Barratt

Thomas Barratt VC  Thomas Barratt VC

A 22 year old Private serving with the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regt, Barratt was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on July 27th 1917 just north of Ypres in Flanders.

The London Gazette entry read:  "For most conspicuous bravery when as Scout to a patrol he worked his way towards the enemy line with the greatest gallantry and determination, in spite of continuous fire from hostile snipers at close range. These snipers he stalked and killed. Later his patrol was similarly held up, and again he disposed of the snipers. When during the subsequent withdrawal of the patrol it was observed that a party of the enemy were endeavouring to outflank them, Pte. Barratt at once volunteered to cover the retirement, and this he succeeded in accomplishing. His accurate shooting caused many casualties to the enemy, and prevented their advance. Throughout the enterprise he was under heavy machine gun and rifle fire, and his splendid example of coolness and daring was beyond all praise. After safely regaining our lines, this very gallant soldier was killed by a shell."

Barratt is buried in the Commonwealth Cemetery at Essex Farm near to where he died.