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May 18, 1892 — Pri­vate John Bernard Croak, the first Vic­to­ria Cross win­ner from New­found­land, was born in Lit­tle Bay, N.L. In Au­gust 1918, early in the Bat­tle of Amiens, Croak bombed a Ger­man ma­chine gun nest and sin­gle­hand­edly cap­tured the gun and its crew. Though wounded, he then led his pla­toon in a charge to en­emy trenches. They cap­tured three more guns and the defending gar­ri­son. Croak died soon af­ter and was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross posthu­mously.

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