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Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke
Born (1919-06-08)June 8, 1919
Died April 23, 1943(1943-04-23) (aged 23)
Place of birth Southport, Lancashire
Place of death Guiriat El Atach, Tunisia
Buried at Massicault War Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Loyal Regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Victoria Cross

Willward Alexander Sandys-Clarke VC (8 June 1919 – 23 April 1943) 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. He was educated at Uppingham School.


Sandys-Clarke was a 23 year old lieutenant in The Loyal Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when he was awarded the VC.

On 23 April 1943 at Guiriat El Atach, Tunisia, Lieutenant Clarke's company was counter-attacked and almost wiped out, he being the sole remaining officer. Although wounded in the head, he gathered a composite platoon together and advancing to attack the position again met heavy fire from a machine-gun post. He manoeuvred his men to give covering fire and then tackled the post single-handed, killing or capturing the crew and knocking out the gun. He dealt similarly with two other posts and then led his platoon to the objective, but was killed when he later went forward to tackle two sniper posts single-handed.

Further information

Born in Southport,[1][2] he married Dorothy Irene Deakin at the United Reformed Church in Belmont, Lancashire in 1941,[3] and they lived in Egerton, near Bolton.

Sandys-Clarke was related to four other recipients of the award:

The medal is retained by his family and is not on public display.


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