Maling, George Allen MiD VC
Victoria Cross


6 October 1888 - 9 July 1929

Local Connection: Died at Lee

War Service:
Lieutenant. Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 12th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. (Prince Consort's Own)
London Gazetted 18th November, 1915.

Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:
During the heavy fighting near Fauquissart on the 25th September 1915, Lieutenant Maling worked continually with unceasing energy from 6:30am on the 25th September until 8am the following day. He collected and treated more than 300 wounded, all the time under heavy shell fire and in the open. At around 11am on the 25th September he was thrown down and stunned by the detonation of a large high explosive shell. This explosion wounded his assistant and killed several of the patients. Soon after the explosion of a second shell covered him and his instruments with debris. He continued alone with great zeal and courage.


A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War: 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients; 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas; 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. Special paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK soldier awarded the Victoria Cross as part of 2014's World War I centenary events. The specially-commissioned stones will be given to councils in the areas where the VC recipients were born. A total of 28 will be unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914 and a further 600 will be laid in every year up to 2018. Maling's will be laid in September 2015 at Sunderland, where he was born.

Maling, George Allen

In 1918 he was Mentioned in Despatches and promoted to Captain

Location of Memorial:

He is buried in Chislehurst Cemetery and is remembered on his parent's Memorial in Bishopwearmouth.


He was born on 6 October 1888 at Sunderland, County Durham the son of Edwin Allan and Maria Jane Maling. His father was a JP. He was educated at Uppingham, going on to Oxford and then to St Thomas's Hospital where he obtained the Degrees, M A; M B; B Ch. Oxon; MRCS; and LRCP. On 5th May he married Daisy Wolmer of Winnipeg, Canada. When asked comment on his action that won the Victoria Cross, he modestly said that he had nothing to add. He died on 9 July 1929 at Lee, London. He is buried in Chislehurst cemetery. His VC is in the Army Medical Services museum at Mychett in Surrey.

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