William Harold Coltman

Date of birth: 
17 November 1891
Died: 
29 June 1974
Allegiance: 
United Kingdom
Service: 
British Army
Rank: 
Lieutenant
Unit: 
The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)
Awards: 
Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, Military Medal & Bar, Mentioned in Despatches
Campaigns: 
WW1WW2
VC Awarded: 
22 May 1919
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

Lance Corporal Coltman was 26 years old and a stretcher-bearer, when the following deed took place in France, for which he was awarded the VC.

For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty. During the operations at Mannequin Hill, north-east of Sequehart, on the 3rd and 4th of Oct. 1918, L.-Corp. Coltman, a stretcher-bearer, hearing that wounded had been left behind during a retirement, went forward alone in the face of fierce enfilade fire, found the casualties, dressed them and on three successive occasions, carried comrades on his back to safety, thus saving their lives. This very gallant NCO tended the wounded unceasingly for 48 hours.

Coltman was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 22 May 1919.

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