Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West VC, DSO & Bar, MC. He was the son of Augustus E and Sarah West of Whitepark, County Fermanagh and husband of Maude E West of 14 Trafalgar Square Chelsea London. He had served during the Boer War as a trooper with the Imperial Yeomanry and remained in South Africa until the outbreak of World War 1 .... he arrived in France in August 1914 as a Lieutenant in A or C Squadron, North Irish Horse, later serving in the Tank Corps. He was killed in action while attached to the Tank Corps, aged 40, on 2 September 1918, and is buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France, grave III.G.4. http://www.notoriousstrumpets.com.au/NIH/Images/People/Full pictures/West.htm http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9955954 Lieutenant Colonel R. A. West, V.C., D.S.O. Victoria Cross London Gazette 30.10.1918 Acting Lieutenant Colonel Richard Annesley West - the North Irish Horse (S.R.) seconded to the 6th Battalion Tank Corps Date of Act of Bravery, 21.8.1918. Attack at Courcelles, Western Front. During an attack, the infantry having lost their bearings in the dense fog, this officer at once collected and re-organised any men he could find and led them to their objective in face of heavy machine-gun fire. Throughout the whole action he displayed the most utter disregard of danger, and the capture of the objective was in a great part due to his initiative and gallantry. On a subsequent occasion it was intended that a battalion of light Tanks under the command of this officer should exploit the initial infantry and heavy Tank attack. He therefore went forward in order to keep in touch with the progress of the battle, and arrived at the front line when the enemy were in process of delivering a local counter attack. The infantry battalion had suffered heavy officer casualties, and its flanks were exposed. Realising that there was a danger giving way, he at once rode out in front of them under extremely heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and rallied the men. In spite of the fact that the enemy were close upon him he took charge of the situation and detailed non-commissioned officers to replace officer casualties. He then rode up and down in front of them in face of certain death, encouraging the men and calling to them, “Stick it, men; show them fight; and for God’s sake put up a good fight.” He fell riddled by machine-gun bullets. The magnificent bravery of this very gallant officer at the critical moment inspired the infantry to be redoubled efforts, and the hostile attack was defeated.