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ID number P02939.023
Collection Photograph
Object types
  • Black & white
  • Portrait
Date made c. 1916
Physical description
  • Black & white
  • Portrait


Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Frederick Birks VC MM, 6th Battalion. 2nd Lt Birks was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery in attack when, accompanied by only a corporal, he rushed a strong-point which was holding up the advance" on 20 September 1917 at Glencorse Wood, Belgium. After the corporal was wounded, 2nd Lt Birks killed the remaining enemy soldiers occupying the position and captured the machine gun. He later organised a small party and attacked another strong point occupied by approximately twenty five of the enemy, killing most and capturing one officer and fifteen men. 2nd Lt Birks was killed by a shell at his post on 20 September 1917 while attempting to rescue some of his men that had been buried by a shell explosion. In July 1916 he was award the Military Medal for "consistant good services" in the operations at Pozieres.