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Victoria Cross won by Welsh WWI hero on display

A Victoria Cross awarded to a badly wounded Welsh brigadier for capturing two enemy positions while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire during a World War I battle in Belgium has gone on display at the Imperial War Museum.

Lewis Pugh Evans from Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, had served for 20 years with the British Army when he carried out his actions in 1917 at Zonnebeke.

The citation accompanying his medal reads "For conspicuous bravery and leadership" and goes on: "His example of cool bravery stimulated in all ranks, the highest valour and determination to win."

The medal is now among a private collection held by Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative deputy chairman.

  • 01 Dec 2014
  • From the section Wales
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