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- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Memorial to Captain Julian Royds Gribble, VC, 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Son of George James Gribble (a wealthy merchant) and Norah Gribble (née Royds) of 34 Eaton Square, London. Educated at Hillside School in Godalming, Surrey and Eton College at Eton, Berkshire. After being turned down by the Royal Navy, he enlisted in the Army, following the outbreak of World War I in July 1914. Initially he was posted to train recruits at Albany Barracks, Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight. In April 1916 he was sent to France and saw combat action at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle pf Passchendale the following year. On 21 Mar 1918 the German Army began its Spring Offensive in Northern France and Belgium. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 23 March 1918 at Beaumetz, Hermies Ridge, France.
His citation reads: "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Capt Gribble was in command of the right company of the battalion when the enemy attacked, and his orders were to ' hold on to the last.' His company was eventually entirely isolated, though he could easily have withdrawn them at one period when the rest of the battalion on his left were driven back to a secondary position. His right flank was ' in the air,' owing to the withdrawal of all troops of a neighbouring division. By means of a runner to the company on his left rear he intimated his determination to hold on until other orders were received from battalion headquarters - and this he inspired his command to accomplish. His company was eventually surrounded by the enemy at close range, and he was seen fighting to the last. His subsequent fate is unknown. By his splendid example of grit, Capt Gribble was materially instrumental in preventing for some hours the enemy obtaining a complete mastery of the crest of ridge, and by his magnificent self-sacrifice he enabled the remainder of his own brigade to be withdrawn, as well as another garrison and three batteries of field artillery".
He was wounded during the action and taken prisoner and held in Niederzwehren Prisoner of War Camp, near Kassel, Germany, where he died of pneumonia 14 days after the end of the war aged 21 years. He received the award posthumously in September 1919. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Niederzwehren, Stadtkreis Kassel, Hessen, Germany.
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