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For the Star Trek character, see James T. Kirk
He was 21 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 10th Bn., The Manchester Regiment, British Army, attd. 2nd Bn. during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 4 November 1918 north of Ors , France, the battalion was attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. In order to cover this difficult operation, Second Lieutenant Kirk took a Lewis gun and under intense machine-gun fire paddled across the canal and opened fire. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continued to provide cover for the bridging party until he was killed. His courage and self-sacrifice enabled two platoons to cross the bridge and prevented many casualties.
- Monuments To Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Final Days 1918 (Gerald Gliddon, 2000)
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