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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 09/08/1892 Rungsted, Denmark. d. 10/03/1979 Vejle, Denmark.

 

He was born in Rungsted, Denmark. On the outbreak of the First World War, Dinesen attempted to enlist in the British, French, and United States armies, before being finally accepted by the Canadian army. He enlisted in the Black Watch of Canada regiment. He was the younger brother of the famous author Karen Blixen.

 

VC ACTION

 

During the Battle of Amiens he was 26 years old, and a private in the 42nd (Royal Highlanders of Canada) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force when, on 12 August 1918 at Parvillers, France, he displayed conspicuous bravery when, five times in succession, he rushed forward alone against entrenched enemy troops and put hostile guns out of action. He was credited with killing 12 of the enemy using both bayonet and grenade, and with inspiring his comrades at a very critical stage of the action.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM.

BURIAL PLACE: HORSHOLM CHURCHYARD, HORSHOLM, FREDERIKSBORG, DENMARK.

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Thomas Fasti Dinesen VC

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July 2015 picture by Thomas Stewart

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National Memorial Arboretum

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26th October 1918

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His sister Karen Blixen

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