Victor Malt

Victor Malt Born in 1891, he was the son of Henry and Agnes Malt of Weeting, husband of Beatrice Emma Malt of Thetford Road, Brandon and younger brother of John.

After joining the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Victor was sent to France on 22nd May 1915.

In October 1916, Victor was reported as wounded and in hospital in Camberwell, London.

The London Gazette of 16 November 1916 published the official notification of the award of the Military Medal to Corporal Malt.

The Thetford & Watton Times of 25th August 1917 carried this report:

Presentation of Military Medal

Hearty congratulations to Sergt Albert Victor Malt, Shropshire Regt, son of Mr & Mrs H Malt, The Post Office, Weeting, who is the first Weeting man to be awarded a war medal. The presentation was made by Col. W Dean at Shrewsbury. he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Delville Wood on 24 August 1916 when he carried a number of wounded men from the position taken from the Germans to safety under heavy shell fire.

Promoted to Acting Sergeant in the 7th Battalion, Victor was killed in action on 21 August 1918. He is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery.

From the Thetford & Watton Times, September 7th 1918 ...

BRANDON MILITARY MEDALIST KILLED - Mrs Malt, Manor Farm, Brandon, has received two letters, one from the commanding officer and another from the lieutenant of her husband’s company, stating that Sergeant Albert Victor Malt, the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, has been killed in action. He was the fifth son of Mr and Mrs Henry Malt, Post Office, Weeting. For gallantry on the field he was awarded the Military Medal on August 25th, 1916. He was expected home on leave, as he had been offered and had accepted a commission. He was 28.

... and the following week ...

THE LATE SERGT. A.V. MALT -Last week we recorded the death of Sergeant Albert Victor Malt, husband of Mrs Malt, Manor Farm, Brandon. Mrs Malt has received letters from the Commanding Officer, who speaks in the highest terms of the late sergeant.

Captain W Seller, the chaplain, in a letter of sympathy says –

“I have often felt what a help he has been to me. I have heard of him holding services in the trenches, to which his platoon attended whenever possible.”

The letter received from his officer contains the following –

“I had the pleasure the other day of recommending Sergt. Malt for a commission in his Majesty’s Army, but it was not to be. He was called upon to pay the price at the moment of victory.”

The platoon officer has also sent a letter and appended is an extract –

“Personally I feel his loss very greatly, as he was a splendid N.C.O. and absolutely fearless. His kindly nature and religious sincerity made him, I think, the most loved sergeant in the battalion. He was a great help to the men at all times, and I know that the men in the platoon feel his loss as deeply as I do.”

In addition to the Military Medal, Victor was awarded the Victory and British Medals, and the 1915 Star.

Military Medal

1914 -15 Star

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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