b. 02/03/1883 Bilston, Staffordshire. d. 02/04/1944 Birmingham.
Onions first served with the 3rd Hussars and was involved in the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.
Onions was 35 years old, and a Lance-Corporal in the 1st Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 22 August 1918 south of Achiet-le-Petit, France, Lance-Corporal Onions, having been sent out with one man to get in touch with the battalion on the right flank, saw the enemy advancing in large numbers. Seizing his opportunity, he boldly placed himself and his comrade on the flank of the advancing enemy and opened fire. When the enemy were about 100 yards from him the line wavered and some hands were thrown up, whereupon the lance-corporal rushed forward and helped by his comrade, took about 200 of the enemy prisoners and marched them back to his company commander.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: THE KEEP MILITARY MUSEUM, DORCHESTER.
BURIAL PLACE: QUINTON CEMETERY, BIRMINGHAM.
George Onions' medals including his VC on display at the Keep Military Museum, Dorchester.
(Picture courtesy of Terry Cooling).
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
SECTION 6, GRAVE 7364