The incident for which Lieutenant F.H. McNamara was awarded the VC

Accession Number ART08007
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 171.5 cm x 262 cm x 8.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Power, H Septimus
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1924
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Lieutenant F H McNamara and Captain D W Rutherford were returning from an aerial bombing near Gaza on 20 March 1917 when Captain Rutherford was forced down. Although wounded and under heavy rifle fire from the Turkish Cavalry, Lieutenant McNamara landed to rescue Captain Rutherford. Upon attempting to take off with Rutherford, McNamara crashed his RE8 aircraft. However they then succeeded in starting Rutherford's machine and escaped from the enemy attack. For this exploit McNamara was awarded the Victoria Cross.