|THE GRAVE AND HEADSTONE OVER THE BURIAL PLOT OF CAPTAIN CYRIL GOURLEY VC, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, HAS BEEN REFURBISHED IN GRANGE CEMETERY, WEST KIRBY.|
|6 January 2018|
|On Thursday, 30th November 2017, the grave and headstone over the burial plot of Captain Cyril Edward Gourley VC MM in the Grange Cemetery, West Kirby in the Wirral, was refurbished and re-dedicated in conjunction with the laying of his commemorative VC paving stone.
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Edwards, Commanding Officer 103rd ( Lancashire Artillery Volunteers ) Regiment, Royal Artillay, said "along with Wirral and Liverpool councils who have enabled this commemoration, the Regiment is honoured to mark this act of valour". Also in attendance was Captain Gourley's nephew Colin Gourley who had travelled from Australia.
before and after
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 13 February 1918 ], Little Priel Farm, East of Ephey, France, 30 November 1917, Sergeant Cyril Edward Gourley MM, 'D' Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
For most conspicuous bravery when in command of a section of howitzers ( Little Priel Farm, East of Ephey, France ).
Cyril Gourley was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 16th March 1918.
|For the award of the Military Medal ( MM )
[ London Gazette, 17 September 1917 ], Near Ypres, France, 24 July 1917, Sergeant Cyril Edward Gourley, 'D' Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
For actions near Ypres on 24th July 1917 when a barrage was being fired. A German 5.9" shell hit the ammunition dump alongside his gun pit and set it on fire. He immediately began removing adjoining ammunition, including gas shells, and confined the effects of the fire. He had just retired from the dump when the burning ammunition exploded.
Iain Stewart, 6 January 2018