Private John Readitt VC

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    One of my South Lancs soldiers is also buried in Gorton Cemetery ..... and I would like to add him to my Gorton Honour Roll ..... all information would be gratefully received !

    Private John Readitt, 6th. Bn. South Lancs Regiment

    On 25 February 1917 at Alqayat-al-Gaharbigah Bend, Mesopotamia, Private Readitt advanced five times along a water-course in the face of heavy machine-gun fire at very close range, being the sole survivor on each occasion. These advances drove the enemy back and about 300 yards of the water-course was made good in an hour. After his officer had been killed, Private Readitt, on his own initiative, made several more advances. On reaching the enemy barricade he was forced to retire, but gave ground slowly continuing to throw bombs. When support reached him he held a forward bend by bombing until the position was consolidated.

    John Readitt died on 9th June 1964 and is buried in Gorton Cemetery, Manchester

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