John Bredel Matthews M.C. - Died 1 October 1917

Rank: Captain
Number: Unknown
Regiment: 3rd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment attached 8th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment
Born: 1891
Died: 1st October 1917
Age: 26
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Place of Commemoration: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Military Cross Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. At a critical moment during an attack, when it was held up by enemy wire and under intense machine gun barrage, he rallied his men with great coolness and withdrew them to shelter. The skill with which he handled his men under extreme adverse circumstances undoubtedly saved many lives. The fact that his company had been reserved for a counter-attack and that he had to alter his plans at a moment's notice to replace another company in the attack, speaks volumes for the resource which he displayed at a critical moment.