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Lieutenant Cecil H. Sewell

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Cecil Harold Sewell VC (27 January 1895 - 29 August 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was educated at Dulwich College between 1907 and 1910. He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, British Army, attached to 3rd (Light) Battalion, Tank Corps during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 29 August 1918 at Fremicourt, France, Lieutenant Sewell, who was in command of a section of Whippet light tanks, got out of his own tank and crossed open ground under heavy machine-gun fire to rescue the crew of another Whippet of his section which had side-slipped into a shell-hole, overturned and caught fire. The door of the tank had become jammed against the side of the shell-hole, but Lieutenant Sewell, unaided, dug away the entrance to the door and released the crew.

Having done this, he saw one of his own crew lying wounded behind his tank. He crossed the open ground to go to his assistance. Although hit while doing so, he reached the tank. Only few minutes later he was hit, fatally this time, while dressing his wounded driver.

Graf van Lieutenant Cecil H. Sewell op Vaulx Hill Cemetery nabij Vaulx-Vraucourt, gunner W. Knox ligt daar ook begraven.

In the Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset is a Whippet light tank (Caesar II, A259, No.9 section) which was commanded by Lieutenant Cecil H. Sewell at Fremicourt on 29 august 1918. Also on display there is the Victoria Cross he was posthumously awarded for his actions that day. Together they stand as monuments to the courage of one very brave young man.

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