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Brigadier Alfred Maurice Toye VC MC

Born in Stanhope Lines, Aldershot, on 15 April 1897, Toye enlisted as trumpeter in the Royal Engineers when he was fifteen years old.

Toye won the Military Cross for gallantry in the fighting around Passchendaele in 1917 and won his Victoria Cross near Eterpigny, south of Peronne, on 25th March 1918, whilst serving with the 2nd Bn Middlesex Regiment. Toye showed outstanding leadership under the last big German Offensive of the First World War. Despite suffering from two injuries, Toye consistently roused his men to counter-attack and to cover the flanks of other units when withdrawing.

From 1925 to 1932 Toye was chief instructor at the Royal Egyptian Military College and Commandant of War Office Schools of Chemical Warfare 1940- 1942. Toye then joined the teaching staff at the Staff College, Camberley. From 1934 to 1944 he was on active service with the 6th Airborne Division and with General Headquarters, Middle East from 1945 to 1948.

He died in 1955, aged fifty-eight.

Brigadier Alfred Maurice Toye