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Joel Halliwell
File:Joel Halliwell VC.jpg
Born 29 December 1881
Died 14 June 1958 14 June 1958(1958-06-14) (aged 76)
Place of birth Middleton, Lancashire
Place of death Oldham, Greater Manchester
Buried at Boarshaw New Cemetery, Middleton
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Rank Lance-Corporal
Unit The Lancashire Fusiliers
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon Victoria Cross

Joel Halliwell VC (29 December 1881 – 14 June 1958) 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.


Halliwell was 37 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 11th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when he performed a deed at the Third Battle of the Aisne for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On 27 May 1918 at Muscourt, France, when the remnants of the battalion were withdrawing and being closely engaged by the enemy, Lance-Corporal Halliwell, having captured a stray horse, rode out under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire and rescued a man from No Man's Land. He repeated this performance several times and succeeded in rescuing an officer and nine other ranks. He made a last effort to reach a wounded man but was driven back by the very close advance of the enemy.

The medalEdit

The medal is in Middleton, Greater Manchester with his family.


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