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By Nicola Gauld

On This Day, 14 July 1917

On 14, Jul 2017 | In On This Day | By Nicola Gauld

Birmingham Daily Post

Saturday 14 July 1917


The Military Medal has been awarded to Sapper Charles Henry Wilkes, Royal Engineers, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wilkes, 245, Aston Church Road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham, for bravery in the field. While taking part in a daylight bombing raid he succeeded in demolishing the enemy saps in the front line trenches with explosive, but was wounded after his return to his own trenches. This is the third time he has been wounded. Prior to joining the army in August 1914, he was employed at the Wolseley Tool and Motor Works, Adderley Park.