b. 27/01/1897 Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. d. 04/11/1918 Oise Canal, France.
Kirk was born on 27 January 1897 in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire to James and Rachel Kirk. Kirk was a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the 10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, British Army, attached to the 2nd Battalion during the First World War when the actions that led to his recognition took place.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty North of Ors on 4th Nov., 1918, whilst attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. To cover the bridging of the canal he took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, paddled across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expended all his ammunition. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continuously maintained a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till killed at his gun. The supreme contempt of danger and magnificent self-sacrifice displayed by this gallant officer prevented many casualties and enabled two platoons to cross the bridge before it was destroyed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: MILITARY MEDAL MUSEUM, SAN JOSE, USA.
BURIAL PLACE: ORS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ORS, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
ROW A, GRAVE 31
530 Edge Road, Droylsden, Manchester
Manchester Regiment Museum Plaque
Oldham War Memorial (Derek Walker)