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Charles Ernest Garforth

Date of Birth 23-October-1891
Place of Birth Willesden
(London NW10, London, London Borough of Brent)
Nationality United Kingdom
Profession Soldier
Charles Ernest Garforth VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Garforth was 22 years old, and a corporal in the 15th Hussars, British Army during the First World War when the following deeds took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 23 August 1914 at Harmingnies, France, Corporal Garforth volunteered to cut wire under fire, which enabled his squadron to escape. On 2 September when under constant fire, he extricated a sergeant who was lying under his dead horse, and carried him to safety. The next day, when another sergeant had lost his horse in a similar way, Corporal Garforth drew off the enemy fire and enabled the sergeant to get away. He was taken prisoner in October 1914 and was repatriated in November 1918. He later achieved the rank of sergeant. His Victoria Cross and other medals are displayed at the Imperial War Museum, London. Upon his death, Garforth was cremated, and no monument or headstone was laid, as he technically had no grave. This was rectified on 30 August 2008, when a headstone was dedicated to him at Wilford Hill Cemetery in Nottingham, where his ashes were originally scattered.

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Victoria Cross
(In recognition of most conspicuous bravery that took place on 23rd August, 1914 as Corporal of the 15th The King's Hussars during the First World War.)