Col. Bertram Best-Dunkley V.C.
Birth: Aug. 3, 1890
Death: Aug. 5, 1917
British Victoria Cross War Medal
Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 2/5th Battalion of
The Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was awarded his medal for service at Wieltje, Belgium, on July 31,
For most conspicuous
bravery and devotion to duty when in command of his battalion,
the leading waves of which, during an attack, became disorganised
by reason of rifle and machine gun fire at close range from positions
which were believed to be in our hands. Lt.-Col. Best-Dunkley
dashed forward, rallied his leading waves, and personally led
them to the assault of these positions, which, despite heavy losses,
were carried. He continued to lead his battalion until all their
objectives had been gained. Had it not been for this officer's
gallant and determined action it is doubtful if the left of the
brigade would have reached its objectives. Later in the day, when
our position was threatened, he collected his battalion headquarters,
led them to the attack, and beat off the advancing enemy. This
gallant officer has since died of wounds.