Gabriel Coury

Gabriel Coury

Gabriel George Coury VC (13 June, 1896 - 1956-02-23), was an English 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.

Gabriel Coury was educated at Stonyhurst College from 1907-1913, before volunteering to join Kitchener's New Army in 1914.

He was 20 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers), British Army, attached to 1/4th Battalion during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 8 August, 1916, near Arrow Head Copse, France, Second Lieutenant Coury was in command of two platoons ordered to dig a communication trench. By his fine example and utter contempt of danger he kept up the spirits of his men and completed his task under intense fire.

Later when his battalion had suffered severe casualties and the Commanding Officer had been wounded he went out in broad daylight in full view of the enemy, found his Commanding Officer and brought him back to the new advanced trench over ground swept by machine-gun fire.

On 15 November, 1916, Lieutenant Coury was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps as a flying officer (observer). He was appointed a flying officer on 20 September, 1917, although his seniority was dated from 28 August, 1917.

On 1 April, 1918, Coury was automatically transferred to the Royal Air Force on its establishment and he subsequently transferred to the Administrative Branch on 20 September, 1918.

On 30 September, 1918, Coury was promoted to Temporary Captain in the Medical section of the Administrative Branch.


*Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
*The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
*VCs of the First World War - The Somme (Gerald Gliddon, 1994)

Coury is honoured in a memorial which can be found in the main hall of his former school, St. Francis Xavier College, Liverpool.The current school site is on Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool L25 6EG.

External links

* [ Location of grave and VC medal] "(Liverpool)"

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Coury — may refer to : Al Coury was a 1970s vice president of American record label Capitol Records. Dick Coury is an American football coach who served as head coach of the Boston/New Orleans/Portland Breakers of the United States Football League… …   Wikipedia

  • Khoury — Family name name =Khoury imagesize= caption= pronunciation = meaning = priest region = origin =Arab Christians related names =Khouri, Coury, al Khoury, El Khoury, El Khoury footnotes =Khoury (occasionally Khouri or Coury; Arabic: خوري) is an… …   Wikipedia

  • Stonyhurst College — Infobox School2 name = Stonyhurst College latin name = Collegium Saxysilvanum motto = Quant Je Puis (French: As much as I can ) established = 1593 (Spanish Netherlands); 1794 (England) type = Independent, Catholic (Jesuit) head name = Headmaster… …   Wikipedia

  • Stonyhurst — College Traduction à relire Stonyhurst College → …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stonyhurst College — 53° 50′ 50″ N 2° 28′ 17″ W / 53.8471, 2.4713 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Portland Breakers — For information on the Women s Professional Soccer team of the same name, see Boston Breakers (disambiguation). Boston New Orleans Portland Breakers Founded 1983 Folded 1985 Based in Boston, Ma …   Wikipedia

  • HISTORY bibliography — General ■ Abun Nasr, Jamil M. History of the Maghrib. 2nd rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975. ■ Ajayi, J. F. A, and Michael Crowder. History of West Africa. 2 vols. London: Longman Group, 1971, 1974. ■ Akkache, A. Tacfarinas.… …   Historical dictionary of the berbers (Imazighen)

  • O. J. Simpson — O. J. Simpson …   Wikipedia

  • extirper — [ ɛkstirpe ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1336; lat. extirpare, de stirps, stirpis « racine » 1 ♦ Littér. Arracher (fig.), faire disparaître complètement. ⇒ détruire, éradiquer, supprimer. Extirper les abus, les vices. « ce n est pas par des lois …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • opinion — [ ɔpinjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1190; lat. opinio, de opinari → opiner I ♦ 1 ♦ Manière de penser, de juger; attitude de l esprit qui tient pour vraie une assertion; assertion que l esprit accepte ou rejette (généralement en admettant une possibilité d… …   Encyclopédie Universelle