b. 12/04/1879 Ilford, Essex. d. 18/04/1918 Le Verguier, France.
He was 38 years old, and a Lance Corporal in the 8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 21 March 1918 at Le Verguier, France, Lance Corporal Sayer held the flank of a small isolated post for two hours. Owing to mist the enemy approached from both sides to within 30 yards before being discovered, but the lance corporal, on his own initiative without assistance, beat off a succession of attacks, inflicting heavy losses. During the whole time he was exposed to heavy fire but his contempt of danger and skill in the use of his fire-arms enabled the post to hold out until nearly all the garrison had been killed and he himself wounded and captured. He died as a result of wounds four weeks later.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: OWNED BY HIS DAUGHTER IVY'S FAMILY.
BURIAL PLACE: LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, FRANCE.
John William Sayer's medals including VC courtesy of the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Medals are held by Sayer's daughter Ivy's family.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT I, ROW B, GRAVE 59.