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Sgt. Raphael Louis Zengel VC, MM.. Canadian Expeditionary Force 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion. from Canada
Raphael Louis Zengel was born at Faribault, Minnesota. As a young boy, he and his mother Mary proved up a homestead near the village of Plunkett, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December 1914. Zengel received the Military Medal in March 1918 for taking command of his platoon when his officer and sergeant had been put out of action. The citation for his VC reads:
"On 9 August 1918 east of Warvillers, France, Sergeant Zengel was leading his platoon forward to the attack when he realised that an enemy machine-gun was firing into the advancing line. He rushed forward ahead of the platoon to the gun emplacement, killed the officer and operator of the gun and dispersed the crew. Later in the day he was rendered temporarily unconscious by an enemy shell but on recovering continued to direct harassing fire on the enemy. His utter disregard for personal safety and the confidence he inspired in all ranks greatly assisted in the successful outcome of the attack."S. Flynn
Pte. James William Zimmer . British Army 1/7th Btn. London Regiment from 30 Holloway Road, London
My great grandfather James William Zimmer was with the 7th London Regiment, he ended up in the Labour Corps in 1919, disabled with bronchitis which I have read can be brought on by mustard gas. He was also attached to the 4th battalion Essex Regiment. I am trying to find more information on him.Danny Zimmer
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