Monday, July 20, 2009

Brigadier Arthur Edward Cumming






Another VC recipient. Pretty much unreported. Brigadier Arthur Edward Cumming VC OBE MC (18 June 1896 - 10 April 1971) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Cumming was 45 years old, and a lieutenant colonel in the 2/12th Frontier Force Regiment, Indian Army, Commander during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC (currently displayed at the National Army Museum).

On 3 January 1942 near Kuantan, Malaya, the Japanese made a furious attack on the battalion and a strong enemy force penetrated the position. Lieutenant Colonel Cumming, with a small party of men, immediately led a counter-attack and although all his men became casualties and he, himself, had two bayonet wounds in the stomach he managed to restore the situation sufficiently for the major portion of the battalion and its vehicles to be withdrawn. Later he drove in a carrier, under very heavy fire, collecting isolated detachments of his men and was again wounded. His gallant actions helped the brigade to withdraw safely. He later achieved the rank of brigadier.

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