Anketell Moutray Read

Victoria Cross medals
Victoria Cross medals

Anketell Moutray Read was 30 when he completed the brave acts which saw him honoured with the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was a captain in the 1st Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment when the deed took place.

On September 25, 1915, he was near Hulluch, France.

Although partially gassed, he went out several times in order to rally parties of different units which were disorganised and retiring.

He led them back into the firing line and regardless of danger to himself, moved about under withering fire, encouraging them, but he was mortally wounded while carrying out this gallant work.

He had shown conspicuous bravery on other occasions, particularly on the night of July 29 when he carried out of action an officer who was mortally wounded, under a hot fire of rifle and grenades.

He died from injuries he suffered during his brave actions on September 25.