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Captain Ferdinand West VC

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Captain Ferdinand West VC

War dead  Male  Born 19/1/1896  Died 8/7/1988

Categories: War Memorial WW1

Aviator. Born Ferdinand Maurice Felix West in Paddington. Known as Freddie, he enlisted in the army at the outbreak of WW1 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. On the 12th August 1918, while searching for the enemy's positions, he spotted a German troop concentration. He almost immediately came under attack and was hit in the leg. He managed to manoeuvre his plane so that his observer was able to fire several gunshots into the enemy machines, which drove them away. He twisted his trouser leg into a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood from his wounds, and although in excruciating agony, insisted on reporting his findings. His left leg had five wounds, and had to be amputated. He was invalided back to Britain, where he learned that he had been awarded the Victoria Cross.

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