"Exceptional Gallantry and Devotion to Duty"

Posted on 11 November 2018
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LT ALBERT BORELLA, VC, MM, MID Born in Borung Victoria on 7th August 1881 Died in Albury New South Wales on 7th February 1968 The Victoria Cross was awarded in recognition of exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at Villers-Bretonneux, France, on the 17th July 1918 "Whilst leading his platoon with the first wave, Lieutenant Borella marked an enemy machine gun firing through our barrage. He ran out ahead of his men into the barrage, shot two German machine gunners with his revolver, and captured the gun. He then led his party, now reduced to ten men and two Lewis guns, against a very strongly held trench, using his revolver, and later a rifle, with great effect, causing many enemy casualties. His leading and splendid example resulted in the garrison being quickly shot or capturred. Two large dug outs were also bombed, and thirty prisoners taken. Subsequently the enemy twice counter attacked in strong force, on the second occasion outnumbering Lieutenant Borella's platoon by ten to one, but his cool determination inspired his men to resist heroically, and the enemy were repulsed, with very heavy loss" Albert Borella also served in the Second World War as a Captain, and afterwards settled in Albury New South Wales. Borella was buried in Albury with full military honours in 1968.