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Robert James Bye.VC.

Date of birth: 
12th December 1889
Died: 
23rd August 1962
Allegiance: 
British
Service: 
British Army
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
Welsh Guards
Awards: 
He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal 1914-19, Defence Medal 1939-45, George VI Coronation Medal 1937, and Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
Campaigns: 
WW1,
VC Awarded: 
26th September 1917
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

"On 31st July 1917, on the Yser Canal, Belgium, Sergeant Bye displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty during an attack on the enemy's position. Seeing that the leading waves were being troubled by two enemy blockhouses, he, on his own initiative, rushed at one of them and put the garrison out of action. He then rejoined his company and went forward to the assault of the second objective.

When the troops had gone forward to the attack on the third objective, a party was detailed to clear up a line of blockhouses which had been passed. Sjt. Bye volunteered to take charge of this party, accomplished his object, and took many prisoners. He subsequently advanced to the third objective, capturing a number of prisoners, thus rendering invaluable assistance to the assaulting companies. He displayed throughout the most remarkable initiative."

Further Information

He was a member of the VC Guard at the Interment of the Unknown Warrior on 11th November 1920.

Grave Restoration

The grave was cleaned with D2 BioSolution, as used in the USA at Arlington Cemetery, the White House and other sites.

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