Egan, Samuel William DCM


War Service:

Samuel William EGAN DCM Air Mechanic 1st Class served with the Royal Flying Corps [service number 21479]. The citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medal appeared in the London Gazette 1918:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst engaged with his pilot on a photographic reconnaissance over the enemy's lines they were attacked in a most persistent manner by six enemy scouts. His left thumb was shot off at the beginning of the fight, but he continued to engage the enemy with his Lewis gun, and when the gun jammed he succeeded in getting in to action again, and continued to fight until he became unconscious. It was undoubtedly due to his splendid pluck and determination that the pilot was able to bring his machine back safely to our lines.

Location of Memorial:
He was commemorated on the memorial at Holy Cross Catholic Church, which has mostly been destroyed.



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