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It was notified by the War Office in September last that tiie King had approved of the award of the Victoria Cross to 9523 Sergeant Richard Charles Travis, D.C.M., M.M., late of the Otago Regiment.

He is described by comrades as one of the bravest of the brave. The "London Gazette," sets forth the record. The V.C. was awarded r'for conspicuous bravery and devotion .to duty." During surprise operations it was necessary to destroy an impassable wire block. Sergeant Travis volunteered for this duty. He crawled, cut, 'and destroyed the block with bombs, thus enabling the attackers to pass through. A few minutes later a bombing party on the-right of the attack was held up by two machine guns. Travis rushed the position, killed the crew, and captured the guns.' An enemy officer and three men immediately rushed at him from a bend in the trench and attempted to retake the. guns. These four' he killed singlehanded, thus allowing the bombing party, on which much depended, to advance. He was killed 24 hours later, when going from post to post encouraging the men. The instructions are that in such a case where the valorous soldier .has died, the decoration is to be presented to the nearest living relative. The Defence Office is trying, but so far without success, to find some or one, of Travis's blood relatives. If anyone who reads this can give information to Defence Headquarters at St. Andrew's Street, Dunedin, the staff will be thankful. Travis was living at Ryal Bush, Southland,- when he enlisted. His employer there was Mr Murray. It is believed that Travis .was born at Gisborne. He left his home when quite young, and went to America. He afterwards returned to New Zealand, and vainly attempted to find his parents, and at last came to the conclusion that they were dead.

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WHO KNOWS TRAVIS?, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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WHO KNOWS TRAVIS? Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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