b. 16/08/1885 Great Limber, Lincolnshire. d. 04/11/1918 Kantara, Egypt.
He was 33 years old, and a private in the 1/5th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 10/11 September 1918 at Kefr Kasim, Palestine, one of our patrols was attacked by the enemy in considerable force, supported by very heavy fire. At a critical moment Private Needham ran back, turned to face a fresh body of the enemy which was approaching and fired rapidly at about 40 Turks at only 30 yards range. This action checked the enemy and just gave the patrol commander time to get his men together again. Half of the patrol were casualties but they managed to get back all their wounded. Private Needham's action in standing up to the enemy all alone did much to inspire the men and undoubtedly saved the situation.
He was killed by an accidental gunshot wound at Kantara, Egypt on 4 November 1918.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BEDS/HERTS RGT MUSEUM, LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE.
BURIAL PLACE: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, KANTARA, EGYPT.
Samuel Needham's medals at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Museum, Wardown Park, Luton.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
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