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Meekosha, Samuel

West Yorkshire Regiment
World War 1
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Meekosha, Samuel

Birthplace:  Leeds, Yorkshire
Corporal
West Yorkshire Regiment

World War 1

*  Victoria Cross
*  1914-15 Star
*  British War Medal
*  Victory Medal
*  Defence Medal
*  War Medal 1939-45
*  Coronation Medal 1937


Meekosha, Samuel

Replica Victoria
Cross Group
53.95  (+3.50 p&p)

 Citation

   On 19 November 1915 near the Yser, France, Corporal Meekosha was with a platoon of about 20 NCOs and men holding an isolated trench. During a very heavy bombardment six of the platoon were killed and seven wounded, while the rest were more or less buried.

When there were no senior NCOs left in action Corporal Meekosha took command, sent for help and in spite of more big shells falling within 20 yards of him, continued to dig out the wounded and buried men in full view of and at close range from the enemy. He was assisted by Privates Johnson, Sayers and Wlkinson who were all awarded the DCM. Their courage saved at least four lives.

His Victoria Cross was sold for 101,200 at Sotheby's on 3 May 2001.


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Samuel Meekosha VC (16 September 1893 – 8 December 1950) was changed his name by deed poll to Samuel Ingham in 1942, was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Samuel Meekosha, born in Leeds, his family moved to Bradford when he was a baby. Samuel's mother was English and he had a Polish father,he was proud of his Eastern European roots but was such a reluctant hero that he changed his surname to Ingham, from his mother's maiden name of Cunningham.

Meekosha was commissioned into the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1917. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1918 and Captain in 1919. He transferred to the Corps of Military Accountants in 1919, retiring in 1926. He rejoined the West Yorkshire Regiment as a Captain in 1940 and transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, based in Leicestershire, later the same year. He was later promoted Major.

After the First World War he became a representative for the tobacco company John Player. He died at his home in Oakdale, Blackwood, Monmouthshire, on 8 December 1950.

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Total Cost:  57.45

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