Jack Thomas Counter [1898-1970]
Victoria CrossOn 16 April 1918 near Boisieux St. Marc, France, it was necessary for information to be obtained from the front line and the only way to get it was over ground with no cover and in full view of the enemy. A small party tried without success, followed by six men, singly, each one being killed in the attempt. Private Counter then volunteered and, going out under terrific fire, got through and returned with vital information which enabled his commanding officer to organise and launch the final successful counter-attack. Subsequently he also carried five messages across the open under heavy artillery barrage to company headquarters.

Jack Counter was born on 3 November 1898 in Blandford Forum and served in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment.  He died in Blandford on 16 September 1970 and was cremated at Bournemouth.  A headstone in his memory can be found in St Saviour's Churchyard, St Helier on the Island of Jersey where his Victoria Cross is on public display in the Jersey Museum, St Helier

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