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Arthur Martin-Leake VC & Bar, St John’s, High Cross, Herts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 51° 51.012 W 000° 01.241
30U E 705191 N 5748574
Quick Description: Arthur Martin-Leake was the first of only three men to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/29/2010 8:52:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM94ZY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
Arthur Martin-Leake was a surgeon captain in the South African Constabulary, attached to the Royal Medical Corps, 5th Field Ambulance, during the Second Boer War. On 8th February 1902, at Vlakfontein, Martin-Leake attended a wounded man under heavy fire. After attending the wounded man he went on to treat a wounded Officer and was shot three times. He continued treating the wounded until totally exhausted. Surgeon Captain Martin-Leake was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions that day.

He won his second VC during the period 29 October to 8 November 1914 near Zonnebeke, Belgium whilst serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army. His award citation reads:

Lieutenant Arthur Martin Leake, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 13th May, 1902, is granted, a Clasp for conspicuous bravery in the present campaign: —

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty throughout the campaign, especially during the period 29th October to 8th November, 1914, near Zonnebeke, in rescuing, whilst exposed to constant fire, a large number of the wounded who were lying close to the enemy's trenches.

He later achieved the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
Description:
The first man ever to be awarded two Victoria Cross medals for conspicuous bravery


Date of birth: 4/4/1874

Date of death: 6/22/1953

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Horizontal Marker

Setting: Outdoor

Fee required?: No

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