The Great War
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During a gas attack at Hohenzollern Redoubt on October 13th, 1915, when the trenches were full of men. Corporal James Lennox Dawson, of the 187th Company Royal Engineers, walked backwards and forwards along the parados, exposed to a very heavy fire, in order to be the better able to give directons to his own sappers and to clear the Infantry out of the sections of the trench that were full of gas. Finding three leaking gas cylinders, he rolled them under very heavy fire, some sixteen yeards from the trench, and then fired bullets into them to enable the gas to escape. His cool gallantry without doubt saved many men from being gassed. He was awarded the V.C. for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.