Crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal, 4th November 1918

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On 4th November 1918, the last major offensive action on the Western Front during the First World War took place in Northern France. In the battle to seize the lock site near Rejet de Beaulieu, 2nd Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment, supported by Field Squadron Royal Engineers, led the assault across the lock. For his courageous and exemplary leadership, under intense artillery and machine-gun fire, the Commanding Officer of 2nd Royal Sussex, Lt Col Dudley Graham Johnson DSO MC, was awarded the Victoria Cross. Dudley Johnson’s parent regiment was the South Wales Borderers and he later became Colonel of the Regiment after the Second World War. A second VC was also awarded to Major George Findlay, RE, Officer Commanding Field Squadron Royal Engineers.

The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh



Crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal, 4th November 1918




oil on canvas


H 66 x W 152 cm

Accession number

BRCRM : 2019.38

Acquisition method

donated by The Friends of The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

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