The Great War

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On October 11th, 1915, Acting Sergeant John Crawshaw Raynes, of "A" Battery, the 7th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, went out under an intense fire at Fosse 7 de Bethune at assist Sergeant Ayres who had been wounded. Having Bandaged him, Sergeant Raynes returned his gun but shortly afterwards "Cease Fire was Order. He thereupon went out with his two gunners and carried Sergeant Ayres into the Dug-out. A Gas-shell burst at the mouth of the dug-out and Sergeant Raynes ran across the open for his smoke helmet, put it on Sergeant Ayres, and then though himself badly gassed, staggered back to serve his gun. He was awarded the V.C. for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.