Awards & Titles:
|Victoria Cross |
Unit : London Regiment
Action : War Survivor
Lieutenant, Surbiton (1916).
Although many perished in the Great War, many survived. Stories of those that survived are included as part of this site.
Citations & Commemorations :On the early morning of 13th May, 1915, when in charge of a portion of an advanced breastwork south of the Wieltje-St. Julien Road during a very fierce and continuous bombardment by the enemy, which frequently blew in the breastwork, Lance-Serjeant Belcher with a mere handful of men elected to remain and endeavour to hold his position after the troops near him had been withdrawn. By his skill and great gallantry he maintained his position during the day, opening rapid fire on the enemy, who were only 150 to 200 yards distant, whenever he saw them collecting for an attack. There is little doubt that the bold front shown by Lance-Serjeant Belcher prevented the enemy breaking through on the Wieltje Road, and averted an attack on the flank of one of our Divisions.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Arts and Crafts No. 3387 E.C.||London|
|Joined :||Hazara No. 4159 E.C.||London|
4th March 1916
5th April 1916
6th May 1916
Joined as a serving soldier, immediately going on to complete at least 4 years of war service whilst in Arts and Crafts Lodge. The register further shows that he was in arrears of subscription for the 2 years 1920-21. A further annotation suggests that he had joined Lodge No. 4159, which he had. He joined Hazara Lodge on 13th July 1920, at Abbotabad as a petitioner and founder member, its register showing that the original founding WM died before consecration, meaning that he moved into the open position.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry