HEROES

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was 21 years old when he won his VC at Beaumetz on March 23, 1918, dur­ing the Ger­man spring of­fen­sive.

With or­ders to hold on in face of heavy at­tacks, the Ger­mans broke through, but Grib­ble and his com­pany would not yield and sent back a run­ner to say he would stay un­til or­dered to re­tire.

By his courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion the Ger­mans were un­able to ob­tain mas­tery of the ridge for some hours, and the rest of his bri­gade was able to with­draw.

Grib­ble him­self was wounded and taken pris­oner and died in Ger­many of pneu­mo­nia on Novem­ber 24, 1918, be­fore he could be repa­tri­ated. He is com­mem­o­rated on the War Me­mo­rial at Long Bredy in Dorset.

Tandey was born in Leam­ing­ton in 1891 and won the VC on Septem­ber 28, 1918, at the Bat­tle of Mar­co­ing in France.

When his pla­toon was halted by heavy ma­chine-gun fire Pte Tandey crawled for­ward to lo­cate the gun post and led a Lewis gun team to de­stroy it.

He then re­built a plank bridge cross­ing a canal, again un­der a hail of bul­lets.

Later that evening he and eight com­rades were sur­rounded by Ger­mans.

Although badly wounded, Tandey led a bay­o­net charge so fierce that 37 of the en­emy were driven into the hands of his com­pany.

He was also awarded the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal and the Mil­i­tary Medal and was men­tioned for gal­lantry five times in dis­patches.

He may also in­fa­mously have spared Adolf Hitler’s life when he came face-to­face with the fu­ture Nazi dic­ta­tor in bat­tle, but chose not to shoot.

Tandey moved to Coven­try af­ter leav­ing the army in 1926 and died in the city in 1977, aged 86. He was cre­mated at Can­ley and his ashes were buried in Mas­nieres British Ceme­tery in Mar­co­ing.

Amey was born in Birm­ing­ham in 1881 and was a 37-year-old lance-cor­po­ral when he took part in an at­tack on Lan­drecies in or­der to se­cure the bridge­head on the Sam­bre on Novem­ber 4, 1918.

Due to fog many hos­tile ma­chine-gun nests were missed by the lead­ing troops.

Un­der heavy fire, Amey led his sec­tion against a ma­chine gun nest, drove the gar­ri­son into a neigh­bour­ing farm and fi­nally cap­tured about 50 pris­on­ers and sev­eral ma­chine guns.

He then at­tacked a ma­chine-gun post in a farm-house, killed two of the gar­ri­son and drove the re­main­der into a cel­lar un­til as­sis­tance ar­rived, and later rushed a strongly-held post, cap­tur­ing 25 pris­on­ers.

Amey was de­mobbed as a cor­po­ral in 1919 and lived in Leam­ing­ton un­til his death at the age of 59 in 1940. He is buried at Leam­ing­ton Ceme­tery.

Knox was born in Nuneaton and won the VC on March 22, 1918, at Tugny, when he was en­trusted with the de­mo­li­tion of 12 bridges.

He suc­cess­fully car­ried out the task, but in the case of one steel girder bridge the time fuse failed to act. With­out hes­i­ta­tion he ran to the bridge un­der heavy fire, tore away the time fuse and lit the in­stan­ta­neous fuse.

He died in Nuneaton in 1943 when he lost con­trol of his mo­tor­cy­cle on ice on Tut­tle Hill and is buried in Wither­ley church­yard.

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