WAKENSHAW, Adam Herbert  
Name:  Wakenshaw, Adam Herbert
Date of birth:  June 9th, 1914 (Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain)
Date of death:  June 27th, 1942 (Mersa Matruh, Egypt)
Nationality:  British
Rank: Private
Unit: 9th. Bn. The Durham Light Infantry, British Army
Received on: 3 March 1943
Action: On 27 June 1942, Private Wakenshaw was part of the crew of an anti-tank gun positioned near Mersa Matruh, Egypt. When his gun was put out of action during an enemy attack, several of his comrades became casualties. Despite being severely wounded in his left arm, Private Wakenshaw crawled back to his gun and managed to fire another five rounds. When he was blown away by the blast of a grenade, he regained his strength and again crawled back in the direction of the gun. A grenade killed Private Wakenshaw when he was trying to reload his gun.
Details: Private Wakenshaw’s Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at The Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Durham City, Great Britain.
Adam Herbert Wakenshaw is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- 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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