Private Michael Heaviside VC arriving at Shield Row station

  • Description

    Private Michael Heaviside VC of Craghead arriving at Shield Row station, Stanley, County Durham in 1917. Michael Heaviside was born in Gilesgate Durham City in October 1880, he served as a stretcher-bearer in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boer War and later joined 4 DLI, as a Reservist, whilst working as a miner at Burnhope Colliery and later at Craghead. When WWI began, he immediately joined 15 DLI and served with this Service Battalion throughout the war. He won his Victoria Cross for his bravery at Fontaine le Croisilles in France on 6 May 1917 when he took water under heavy fire to a wounded soldier in no-man's land. That night he went back with stetcher bearers to carry the man to safety. After the war, Michael Heaviside returned to work underground. He died in his home on 26 April 1939 aged 58 years and is buried at St Thomas's Churchyard, Craghead. His family presented his medals to the Regiment during a parade at Brancepeth Castle in 1957. Source: DLI Museum
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    Beamish Museum
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