Sgt John Brunton Daykins VC

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Reference WMO/267022

Address:

Royal British Legion

High Street

Jedburgh

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Bronze Plaque with lettering in relief and a depiction of the VC on its riband at the right hand side. By front door with two others. His citation-The London Gazette of 6th January, 1919: ‘Corporal (Acting Sergeant) John Brunton Daykins, No.205353, 2/4th Yorks and Lancs Regiment for most conspicuous bravery and initiative at Solosmes on 20th October, 1918, when with twelve of his party he worked his way most skilfully in the face of heavy opposition towards the church. By prompt action he enabled his party to rush a machine-gun, and during subsequent hand to hand fighting he, himself, disposed of many of the enemy and secured his objective, his party, in addition to heavy casualties inflicted taking 30 prisoners. He then located another machine-gun which was holding up a portion of his company. Under heavy fire he worked his way alone to the post and shortly afterwards returned with 25 prisoners and an enemy machine-gun which he mounted at his post. His magnificent fighting spirit and example inspired his men, saved many casualties and contributed very largely to the success of the attack.’
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Top Plaque-JEDBURGH'S WAR HEROES His Plaque-SERGEANT JOHN BRUNTON DAYKINS/V.C..M.M./2.4 BATTALION THE YORK AND/LANCASTER REGIMENT (T.S.)/HOWDEN FARM, JEDBURGH/26.3.1883-24.1.1933/DURING THE OPERATION AT/SELESMIES ON THE 20TH OCTOBER/1918 SERGEANT DAYKINS WAS/AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS/…. GREATEST DASH,/INITIATIVE AND GALLANTRY

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