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Major Vernon Harcourt de Butts Powell, M. C. (1905)

Roll of Honour entry for Mjr. V. H. de B. Powell (1905)

23/01/1886 - 02/01/1918

Entered College in Michaelmas Term, 1905. Aegr. Hist., 1909; B.A., 1910. A member of the University Contingent of the Officers' Training Corps. Tutor in Russia. Assistant Master at Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario. Founder of the Appleby Dramatic Club.

Commenced service 5 January 1915, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lieutenant in the 53rd Battery, 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery; Captain, 1916; Major, 1917 serving in France and Belgium. Awarded a M.C. during the Battle of the Somme, 1916:

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He made a daring reconnaissance under very heavy fire, obtaining most valuable information and displaying great courage and ability throughout.

(‘Supplement to The London Gazette’, 16 November 1916)

Died on the way to the 4th London General Hospital on the 2 January 1918 of shell-shock and wounds received in action.

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