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Claude Nunney

Claude Nunney was brought from England to Canada in 1905. During the First World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the 2nd Battle of Arras.

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First World War
Claude Nunney


Claude Nunney was born in London, England in 1892. Following his mother’s death, he was sent to Canada in 1905 where he would live and work in eastern Ontario.

Nunney joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in March 1915, early in the First World War. He would serve on the Western Front with the 38th Battalion. He was an exceptional soldier and earned the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal by the time he took part in the 2nd Battle of Arras in the late summer of 1918. Private Nunney was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Allied attacks on the strong German defences along the Drocourt-Quéant Line in northern France in the opening days of September 1918. His medal citation reads:

“On 1st September, when his battalion was in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois, preparatory to the advance, the enemy laid down a heavy barrage and counter-attacked. Pte. Nunney, who was at this time at company headquarters, immediately on his own initiative proceeded through the barrage to the company outpost lines, going from post to post and encouraging the men by his own fearless example. The enemy were repulsed and a critical situation was saved. During the attack on 2nd September his dash continually placed him in advance of his companions, and his fearless example undoubtedly helped greatly to carry the company forward to its objectives.

He displayed throughout the highest degree of valour until severely wounded.”

(London Gazette, no.31067, 14 December 1918)

Sadly, Private Nunney died from his wounds soon after and his Victoria Cross was awarded posthumously.

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