|1. Memorial:||Freemasons VC Memorial||Great Queen Street|
|2. Book:||Beyond The Five Points||Pgs 169-171|
Awards & Titles:
|Victoria Cross |
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: East Surrey Regiment|
|Action : War Survivor|
Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.
Citations & Commemorations :On 29 September 1915 at the Hohenzollern Redoubt, France, Second Lieutenant Fleming-Sandes was sent to command a company which was in a very critical position. His men, very much shaken by continual bombing and machine-gun fire, were beginning to retire, but the second lieutenant collected a few bombs and jumping on the parapet in full view of the Germans, only 20 yards (18 m) away, threw them. Although severely wounded almost at once, he continued to advance and throw bombs until he was again wounded. This act put new heart into his men and saved the situation.
The London Gazette - third supplement - 16 November 1915. 18th, November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11448:
"For most conspicuous bravery at Hohenzollern redoubt on 29th September, 1915. Second Lieutenant Fleming-Sandes was sent to command a company which at the time was in a very critical position. The troops on his right were retiring and his own men, who were much shaken by continual bombing and machine-gun fire, were also beginning to retire owing to shortage of bombs. Taking in the situation at a glance, he collected a few bombs, jumped on to the parapet in full view of the Germans, who were only twenty yards away, and threw them. Although very severely wounded almost at once by a bomb, he struggled to his feet and continued to advance and throw bombs till he was again severely wounded. This most gallant act put new heart into his men, rallied them and saved the situation."
An amendment is made to his name in the London Gazette of 26th November, 1915, Numb. 29381, p. 11765. shwoing that his first Christian is “Alfred,” and not as published on the 18th November, 1915.
See also: Victoria Cross & George Cross Association VCGCA.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Khartoum No. 2877 E.C.||Egypt|
1st January 1922
Unable to find in the records before 1921, so probably joined in the years after then. noting that he became Worshipful Master of Khartoum Lodge No. 2877 during 1942.
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
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley