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Harold Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC (29 July, 1911 - 30 March, 1995) was born in Keaduemarker, County Cavanmarker, Irelandmarker and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to Britishmarker and Commonwealth forces. He was educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst Collegemarker, Lancashiremarker and is one of seven recipients of the VC who were educated at Stonyhurst.

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He was 28 years old, and a captain in The East Lancashire Regiment, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

During the night of 31 May/1 June, 1940 near Dunkirkmarker, Francemarker, the company commanded by Captain Ervine-Andrews was heavily outnumbered and under intense German fire. When the enemy attacked at dawn and crossed the Canal de Berguesmarker, Captain Ervine-Andrews, with volunteers from his company, rushed to a barn and from the roof shot 11 of the enemy with a rifle and many more with a Bren gun.

When the barn was shattered and alight, he sent the wounded to the rear and led the remaining eight men back, wading for over a mile in water up to their chins.The group of eight men included privates Jago and Singleton, they traveled through rough enemy lines to the blood soaked beaches and finally escaped back to England on June 4th.

A group of soldiers that served under Captain Andrews, including Frank Curry, Alfred Jago, Singleton and Costello had decided to give a surprise visit in 1995 to Captain Andrews at his home in Cornwall, but Captain Andrews died before the trip could take place.

Remarks

He attempted to return home to Co. Cavan after the war, but was driven out by local members of the IRA and later settled in Cornwallmarker.

He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The last Irish VC to die, he died on 30 March, 1995, aged 83.

Memorial at Stonyhurst Collegemarker, Clitheroemarker, Lancashiremarker.

Burial at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Bodmin, England,

The medal

The medal is now held in Blackburnmarker Museum having been donated by the recipient's family.

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