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Geoffery St. George Shillington Cather VC

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Geoffery St. George Shillington Cather VC

Post  Admin on Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:52 am

Born on Saturday 11th October 1890 Streatham Hill, London.

Lieutenant 9th Battalion
Royal Irish Fusiliers

On the morning of the Somme Offensive Lieutenant Cather was serving as Adjutant to 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers in 108 Brigade which was charged with assaulting German positions in the area of Beaumont-Hamel. As it advanced, the battalion came under intense enemy machine-gun fire and wave after wave of Irish Fusiliers (the ‘Faughs’) were simply mown down. It took the Germans only an hour to restore the position on the battalion’s front. Only the reserve was left from the 9th Battalion of the ‘Faughs’: only 80 men were left unwounded; 9 officers and 235 men were dead or died from wounds; all the other officers in the assault were wounded.

On Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd July 1916
Near Hamel, France.

From 7pm till midnight Lieutenant Cather searched ‘no mans land’ and brought in three wounded men. Next morning, at 08:00 am, he continued his search, brought in another wounded man and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally at 10:30am, he took out water to another man and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy and under direct machine-gun fire and intermittent Artillery fire.

Geoffrey Cather was killed in the above action on Sunday 2nd July 1916 (aged 25) he has no known grave, he is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France - Pier and Face 15 A

Also Commemorated by: MEMORIAL STONE in grounds of THE ULSTER MEMORIAL TOWER
Lieutenant Cather’s Victoria Cross was presented to his widowed mother by King George V at Buckingham Palace on Saturday 31st March 1917.

Geoffrey Cather’s brother, Captain Dermot Cather RN, presented the Victoria Cross and Geoffrey’s other medals to the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.

VC display at:
The Royal Irish Fusiliers Regimental Museum
Sovereign’s House
The Mall
County Armagh
Northern Ireland
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