5 January 1919 We Lost 147

by greatwarliveslost

Lance Corporal William Whitehead (Manchester Regiment) is in command of a guard on the River Meuse.  One of the guards in crossing a plank gangway from a barge where the guardroom is situated to relieve a sentry on the river bank misses his footing and falls into the river which is in flood.  Lance Corporal Whitehead immediately jumps into the river but in the darkness misses the drowning man.  He swims to the shore, climbs out and runs down the bank until he reaches the spot where the man has been carried by the swift-running stream and again he jumps in and succeeds in rescuing the man.  For saving the man’s life Lance Corporal Whitehead will be awarded the Albert Medal.