The Great War
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During a mounted Infantry engagement near Maktau in East Africa, on September 3rd, 1915, the enemy pressed forward to within a few yards of the the British force, and it became impossible to get the more severely wounded men way. Temporary-Lieutenant Wilbur Dartnell, of the 25th (Service) Battalion (Frontiermen) Royal Fusiliers (City of sLondon Regiment), who was himself being carried away wounded in the leg, seeing what was happening and knowing that the enemy's black troops would murder the wounded, insisited on being left behind in hope of saving the lives of the other wounded men. His gallant attempt to save others, however, resulted in his losing his life, For the most conspicuous bravery a posthumous award of the V.C. was made.