The Victoria Cross - Restin' In Oakland
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Welcome to Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of a war hero.
Thain Wendell MacDowell, VC , DSO, one of only four soldiers to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Thain MacDowell was a genuine Canadian hero, a dashing officer who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his audacious bravery at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Single-handedly, MacDowell captured 75 German soldiers and two officers by behaving as if he had a small army backing him up. Only after surrendering did the duped Germans realize he was alone.
His Citation is as follows:
"For most conspicuous bravery and indomitable resolution in the face of heavy machine-gun and shell fire. By his initiative and courage this officer, with the assistance of two runners, was enabled, in the face of great difficulties, to capture two machine-guns, besides two officers and seventy-five men. Although wounded in the hand, he continued for five days to hold the position gained, in spite of heavy shell fire, until eventually relieved by his battalion. By his bravery and prompt action he undoubtedly succeeded in rounding up a very strong enemy machine-gun post."
To find the cache simply go to the posted co-ords where you will find his gravestone. Look to the left and you will see a marker with the name RICHARDSON on it.
How old was Eleanor when she passed away, add that number to 51 and then add this number to minutes of the North co-ords.
How old was James when he passed away, subtract 42 from that number and then add this number to the minutes of the West co-ords.
Pets are permitted on a leash, but please clean up after them.