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Jack Counter VC

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
1. Jack Counter VC Marker
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Jack Counter VC
Born and died in Blandford Forum
3rd November 1898 — 16th September 1970
16h April 2018 marks the centenary of the actions carried out by Private Jack Thomas Counter of the King's Liverpool Regiment near Boisieux St. Marc, France for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

The London Gazette reported that: It was necessary for information to be obtained from the front line, in which the enemy had effected a lodgement. The only way was from the support line along a sunken road, and thence down a forward slope for about 250 yards with no cover, in full view of the enemy, and swept by their machine-gun and rifle fire. After a small party had tried unsuccessfully (the leader having been killed and another wounded before leaving the sunken road) it was thought that a single man had more chance of getting through. This was attempted five times but on each occasion the runner was killed in full view of the position from which he had started. Private Counter, who was near his officer at the time, and had seen the five runners
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By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
2. Jack Counter VC Marker
killed one after the other, then volunteered to carry the message. He went out under terrific fire and succeeded in getting through. He then returned, carrying with him the vital information regarding the estimated number of enemy in our line, the exact position of our flank, and the remaining strength of our troops. This information enabled his commanding officer to organise and launch the final counter-attack, which succeeded in regaining the whole of our position. Subsequently this man carried back five messages across the open under a heavy artillery barrage to company headquarters. Private Counter's extraordinary courage in facing almost certain death, because he knew that it was vital that the message should be carried, produced a most excellent impression on his young and untried companions.

For his heroic efforts, Private Counter became the first Freeman of Blandford Forum on 19th June 1918 and was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace later that month.

Jack then settled in Jersey after the war, becoming a postman and a very active member of the Royal British Legion. In 1970 he returned to his family home in Dorset Street, Blandford to visit his brother's widow and it was during this time that he sadly collapsed and died.

The commemorative Victoria Cross paving stone in the Market Place, next to the Town Pump,
Jack Counter VC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
3. Jack Counter VC Marker
was unveiled at the Town's Remembrance Sunday service in 2014 by his nephew, Herbert Counter, and great-niece, Jackie Counter
Blandford Forum
Town Council

 
Location. 50° 51.362′ N, 2° 9.853′ W. Marker is in Blandford Forum, England, in Dorset County. Marker is at the intersection of East Street and Church Lane, on the left when traveling east on East Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blandford Forum, England DT11 7AD, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1731 Fire (here, next to this marker); The Bastardsí House (a few steps from this marker); Blandford Forum War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trafalgar Way (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Blandford (about 210 meters away); Fox Inn (approx. 12.3 kilometers away); Dewlish War Memorial (approx. 13.7 kilometers away); Centurion Mark 12 (approx. 18.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blandford Forum.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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