Charles Sharpe VC

Lincoln Victoria Cross hero Charles Sharpe’s trench attack is immortalised in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

He [Corporal Charles Clarke] captured an enemy trench single-handedly and led a successful assault on another in the German lines near Rouges Bancs in northern France during the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915.

The official citation published in the London Gazette on 29th June 1915 states –

‘When in charge of a blocking party sent forward to take a portion of the German trench, he was the first to reach the enemy’s position and using bombs with great determination
and effect, he himself cleared them out of a trench fifty yards long. By this time all his party had fallen and he was then joined by four other men with whom he attacked the enemy with bombs and captured a further trench 250 yards long.’


6 Comments CherryPie on Jul 13th 2016

6 Responses to “Trench Attack – Museum of Lincolnshire Life”

  1. Alan says:

    What a terrible place that must have been. What courage this chap had, though, to do such an attack.

  2. Ayush says:

    yes, those grenades are so unusual today. looks like challenging lighting conditions but you did a great job with your pictures.

  3. ....peter:) says:

    this is a very dramatic display Cherie and you framed your photos very well….peter:)