Welsh VC at Cambrai

20/11/1917

The attack at Cambrai, near the Hindenburg Line, sees Britain using new tactics. A large number of tanks are used to charge the German lines.

Richard Wain, Section Commander and Acting Captain of A Battalion, Tank Corps, received the Victoria Cross for the following act of bravery on the first day of the battle. His tank had taken a direct hit from enemy fire, killing everyone apart from Wain and one other soldier. Though severely wounded, Wain took a machine gun and rushed an enemy strong point taking half the men prisoner. He continued to fire at the enemy who were pulling back but was killed. His actions meant that the soldiers who had been kept back by enemy fire could move forward. He lived in Penarth and is remembered on his parents’ grave in Sully.