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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 17/05/1912 London. d. 24/05/1940 Arras, France.

 

Furness was born in London, his father was Marmaduke Furness, 1st Viscount Furness. Furness was 28 years old, and a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

During the period 17–24 May 1940 near Arras, France, Lieutenant Furness commanded the Carrier Platoon when his battalion formed part of the garrison of the town.

 

On 23 May the platoon was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the transport (over 40 vehicles) to Douai. Early on 24 May the enemy were advancing along the road where the transport columns were moving and Lieutenant Furness decided to attack. He reached the enemy position under heavy fire and when the light tanks and all the carriers and their crews had become casualties he engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed.

 

His fight against hopeless odds made the enemy withdraw temporarily and enabled the vehicles and survivors to get clear.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: WELSH GUARDS RHQ, LONDON (ON LOAN)

BURIAL PLACE: DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, DUNKIRK, FRANCE - COLUMN 34.

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Christopher Furness VC

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Furness has no known grave - on the Dunkirk Memorial

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Welsh Guards RHQ, London (Thomas Stewart)

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House of Lords (Thomas Stewart)