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Herbert Columbine VC

Added on: 25th August, 2013 by Carole_12288

Herbert Columbine VC

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Sat, 6 May 2017

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Herbert Columbine VC was born in Penge and lived in the area for several years before moving to Walton on the Naze in Essex. The Columbine Statue Fund in Walton has raised money for a memorial to Herbert. The book Herbert Columbine VC was written to help raise money for the statue.

'Save Yourselves, I'll carry on'. These were the last known words of Herbert Columbine, shouted at his two companions on the afternoon of 22nd March 1918. At 9am that morning, in Hervilly Woods, France, 9 Squadron Machine Gun Corps had come under intense attack from a heavy force of German infantry. Private Columbine took command of an isolated gun, with no wire in front and began firing. As the German onslaught grew and casualties mounted, Herbert and two others eventually became separated from the rest of their Squadron. After several hours it became clear their position would soon be overrun so Herbert told them to escape while they could. Now on his own, Herbert hung on tenaciously, repelling several attacks, each one deadlier than the last. He was only defeated after the Germans bought up air support and dropped a bomb on his position. Herbert Columbine has no known grave.

All author royalties from the sale of this book went to the Columbine Statue Fund of which Dame Judi Dench was Patron. The lasting memorial to Herbert Columbine was erected in August 2014 in his home town of Walton on the Naze, Essex.

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Published by Pen & Sword it is now available to buy from all retail outlets and is listed as one of Pen & Sword's best sellers.

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