STOKES, James  
Name:  Stokes, James
Date of birth:  February 6th, 1915 (Hutchesontown, Lanark, Scotland)
Date of death:  March 1st, 1945 (Kervenheim, Germany)
Nationality:  Scottish
Rank: Private
Unit: 2nd. Bn., The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, British Army.
Action: On 1 March 1945 a platoon came under heavy enemy fire originating from a nearby farmhouse, during an attack on Kervenheim, Germany. Private Stokes stormed forwards without any doubts and went into the farmhouse firing his weapon. When he reappeared he had taken twelve prisoners of war. Although he was wounded during this action he refused medical attention. Further on he repeated his action, and this time he took five prisoners of war. Although he was wounded again during this action he still refused medical attention. Instead he insisted in taking part in the assault on the last objective. Within 20 metres range of the last enemy position Private Stokes died as a result of his wounds.
Details: James Stokes is buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery,
near Kleve, Germany.
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- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
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