GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY
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Giavera is 12 kilometres east of Montebelluna and 20 kilometres west of
Conegliano on the S248, the road that joins the two towns. Take the Treviso Nord
exit from the A27 in the Spresiano - Giavera direction then follow the signs to
the cemetery. The cemetery is 1 kilometre from the village, on the hill
The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria,
in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917
and November 1918.
Victoria Cross Recipient
JOHN SCOTT YOULL
Rank:Second Lieutenant, Date of Death: 27/10/1918, Age: 21, Regiment/Service: Northumberland Fusiliers 11th Bn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference Plot 1. Row H. Grave 2., Italian Silver Medal for Valour. Son of Mr. R. W. and Mrs. M. Youll, of "Thorncroft," Thornley, Co. Durham.
Citation: An extract form the "London Gazette," dated 25th July, 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicous bravery and devotion to duty during enemy attacks when in command of a patrol, which came under hostile barrage. Sending his men back to safety, he remained to observe the situation. Unable subsequently to rejoin his company, Second Lieut. Youll reported to a nieghbouring unit, and when the enemy attacked he maintained his position with several men of different units until the troops on his left had given way and an enemy machine gun had opened fire from behind him. He rushed the gun, and, having killed most of the team, opened fire on the enemy with the captured gun, inflicting heavy casualties. Then, finding that the enemy had gained a footing in a portion of the front line, he organised and carried out with a few men three seperate counter-attacks. On each occasion he drove back the enemy, but was unable to maintain his position by reason of reverse fire. Throughout the fighting his complete disregard of personal safety and very gallant leading set a magnificent example to all."
John Charles Dean
Plot 5. Row A. Grave 4.
Son of John and Mary Ellen Dean, of Garden St., Padiham, Lancashire.