1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

William Richard Ankers

Contributed by: Olwyn Marlow, on 2008-11-25

William Richard Ankers
Rank
First Name William Richard
Surname Ankers
Year of Birth 1892
Year of Death 1960
Regiment King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Place of Wartime Residence Liverpool, Merseyside

William Richard's Story

My grandfather won the Distinguished Conduct Medal, when he with one other soldier were sent to capture 5 German observers. When they got closer they discovered that there were in fact 50 German soldiers with several machine guns. Instead of turning back, my grandather told his friend to make a noise so they shouted, screamed and rattled their bayonets, the Germans thought there were many more British soldiers and so they fled. My grandfather and his colleague captured 30 Germans and 4 machine guns. This took place at Festonburt on 9th April 1918. My grandfather had been in France since May 1915.

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