Sidney Bates. 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, VC, WW2.
Sidney Bates was born in Crown Street, Camberwell on 14 June 1921
Corporal Sidney Bates VC (14 June 1921 – 8 August 1944) was a British recipient of the Victoria Cross.
On 6 August 1944 near Sourdeval, France, Bates was commanding a section. Upon discovering that the enemy had penetrated deeply in the area occupied by his section, Bates seized a light machine-gun and charged, moving forward through a hail of bullets. Although twice wounded, he was undaunted and continued firing until the enemy started to withdraw from his fire. At that moment he was wounded for a third time — mortally. He still however continued to fire until his strength failed him. By this time the enemy had withdrawn, and the situation had been restored, and the immediate threat to his platoon subsided. He died in hospital two days later.
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