George Raymond Dallas Moor
During the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, Moor received the Victoria Cross, the highest British honor for bravery, for his bravery. He had stopped a retreat by British soldiers by shooting four of his own people.
Moor was 18 years old and Second Lieutenant in the second battalion of the Hampshire Regiment , 29th Division British , and adopted during the First World War in the fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula in part.
The event for which he received the Victoria Cross reads as follows in the London Gazette of July 24, 1915:
"[...] on 5th June, 1915, during operations south of Krithia, Gallipoli, Dardanelles. When a detachment of the battalion on his left, which had lost all its officers, was rapidly retiring before a heavy Turkish attack, Second Lieutenant Moor, immediately grasping the danger to the resmainder of the line, dashed back some 200 yards, stemmed the retirement , led back the men and recaptured the lost trench. This young officer, who only joined the Army in October, 1914, by his personal bravery and presence of mind saved a dangerous situation. "
“When a division of the battalion on his left, which had lost all its officers, on June 5, 1915, on duty south of Krithia, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, fled back from a Turkish attack, Second Lieutenant Moor immediately recognized the danger to the remaining front line , ran back 200 yards, halted the retreat, led the men back, and recaptured the lost trench. This young officer, who had only entered the army in October 1914, saved a dangerous situation with his personal bravery and presence of mind. "
In truth, this event took place not on June 5th but on June 6th during the Turkish counterattack following the third battle of Krithia . Moor "stopped" the retreat by shooting four of his own people. In the words of his division commander General Henry de Lisle , Moor "shot the front four men and the rest came to their senses".
His Victoria Cross is now in The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum & Memorial Garden in Winchester, England.
- The London Gazette : No. 29240 (Supplement), p. 7279 , July 23, 1915.
|SURNAME||Moor, George Raymond Dallas|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British officer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 22, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||St. Kilda , Victoria (Australia) , Australia|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 3, 1918|
|Place of death||Mouvaux , France|