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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 29/07/1911 Keadue, Ireland. d. 30/03/1995 Cornwall

 

He was 28 years old, and a captain in The East Lancashire Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

During the night of 31 May/1 June 1940, near Dunkirk, France, the company commanded by Captain Ervine-Andrews was heavily outnumbered and under intense German fire. When the enemy attacked at dawn and crossed the Canal de Bergues, Ervine-Andrews, with volunteers from his company, rushed to a barn and from the roof shot 11 of the enemy with a rifle and many more with a Bren gun.

 

When the barn was shattered and alight, he sent the wounded to the rear and led the remaining eight men back, wading for over a mile in water up to their chins. The group of eight, including privates Jago and Singleton, traveled through rough enemy lines to the blood-soaked beaches and finally escaped back to England on 4 June 1940.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: BLACKBURN MUSEUM, BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE.

BURIAL PLACE: GLYNN VALLEY CREMATORIUM, BODMIN, CORNWALL.  

ASHES SCATTERED IN GARDEN OF TREVOR COTTAGE, GORRAN, CORNWALL.

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Harold Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC

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National Archives, Kew

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Blackburn Cathedral

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The above newspaper cuttings from Brian Drummond

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Medal images courtesy of the Lancashire Infantry Museum