Clifford Coffin

Date of birth: 
10 February 1870
Died: 
4 February 1959
Allegiance: 
United Kingdom
Service: 
British Army
Rank: 
Major General
Unit: 
Royal Engineers
Awards: 
Victoria Cross Companion of the Order of the Bath Distinguished Service Order & Bar Croix de Guerre (France) Légion d'honneur
Campaigns: 
WW1Second Boer War
VC Awarded: 
14 September 1917
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

On 31 July 1917 in Westhoek, Belgium, when his command was held up in attack owing to heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, Brigadier-General Coffin went forward and made an inspection of his front posts. Although under the heaviest fire from both machine-guns and rifles and in full view of the enemy, he showed an utter disregard of personal danger, walking quietly from shell-hole to shell-hole, giving advice and cheering his men by his presence. His gallant conduct had the greatest effect on all ranks and it was largely owing to his personal courage and example that the shell-hole line was held.

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