The Great War
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Seeing wounded men lying about one hundred yards in front of the British trenches at Rue du Bois, on June 16th, 1915, Lance Corporal Joseph Tombs, of the 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment), crawled out repeatedly under a very heavy shell and machine gun fire to rescue them. He brought back four men. One of them was so severely wounded that unless he had been immediately attended to he must have died. Lance Corporal Tombs therefore placed a rifle sling round his own neck and round the man's body, and in this way dragged him back to the trenches. He was awarded the V.C. for most conspicuous gallantry.