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Jesse Alfred Wallingford
Rarely does one person leave an impact on a war. Jesse's contributions:
1. Having perhaps the best "mad minute" (37 hits on target in one minute), Jesse was one of several excellent instructors at Britain's Hyde military training center. At the start of WWI, the ability of the British troops to fire rapidly was important in the stopping of the German's initial advance. Part of this training can be attributed to Jesse.
2. Britain did not promote Sergeants to higher officer level outside of wartime, so Jesse moved to New Zealand where he could increase his rank. He became one of the top 3 machine gun instructors in New Zealand Military.
3. During the first few days of the botched Gallipoli landing, Jesse won the Military Cross by preparing a machine gun under fire and organizing troops when they were in danger of being ousted from their positions.
4. After New Zealand forces took Ch
Public - Eric - Other relative - 30 June 2016
What amazing man. Since finding out he was related to me on my Grandmothers side, I have spent many hours reading all I can find in old newspapers online and web sites. Thanks Jesse Wallingford for a great contribution to the war along with many others.
Public - Therese - Other Relative - 30 August 2015