90 Years of Heroes- Sergeant Henry Tandey

November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A strong supporter of The Royal British Legion I believe that the Poppy Appeal is as important now as it was back in 1921. So forth for each sale which Bath-Knight receives during Monday 7th November to Friday 11th November 2011 a donation from Bath-Knight will be made to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

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This week I’ve shared a selection of spectacular stories of war heroes, taken from ’90 Years of Heroes’, to commemorate Armistice Day.

On the 11/11/11 I’ve decided to feature the astonishing story of World War I’s Sergeant Henry Tandey. Recognised as ‘the most highly decorated private soldier of the First World War’, he received the Victoria Cross- the highest award for bravery- in September 1918.

Born in 1891 Henry joined the pre- war British Army in 1910 and spent some time in South Africa before the breakout of war in 1914.

During the Battle of First Ypres in 1914 and the Somme in 1916 Henry served with the 2nd Battalion. In Somme Henry became wounded, upon recovery he returned with 9th Battalion at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, where once again he suffered an injury.

Henry TandeyFinally returning to health and the forces, Henry joined The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, which remained his regiment until the end of the war. It was here that Henry earned his astounding honours and recognition for outstanding service.

In August 1918 Henry was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal after leading his bombing party forward and successfully capturing 20 prisoners. Only a couple of weeks later in September 1918 Henry Tandey was awarded the Military Medal for a similar incident which lead to the successful capture of prisoners.

However, it was in late September 1918 that Henry Tandey truly shone. In an operation to force a crossing on the Canal Di Nord with his battalion Tandy and his fellow comrades came under intense machine gun fire. Henry scuttled forward to silence the gun fire, whilst under fire he went onto a repair the plank bridge so that his platoon could cross safety.

Upon crossing Henry and a number of others came across a counterattack from Germans, surrounded and outnumbered Henry Tandey took charges and co-ordinated a bayonet style charge. Forcing the enemy back resulted in 37 been captured. Successfully ensuring that his fellow troops were safe and the enemy was captured Henry spared little thought of his own safety and was in fact wounded during the incident.

A highly distinguished soldier Sergeant Henry Tandey displayed the upmost courage of which credited him the honoured of receiving the Victoria Cross for is bravery in combat. A great story, which I felt was incredibly appropriate today, Armistice Day.

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