ZENGEL Raphael Louis (Reg. No. 1350)
Sergeant 5th Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment. CEF.
London Gazetted on 27th September 1918.
Born on: 11th November 1894 atFaribault, Minnesota, USA.
Died on: 22nd February 1977 at British Columbia, Canada.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9 August 1918 east of Warvillers, france, Sergeant Zengel was leading his platoon forward to the attack when he realised that an enemy machine-gun was firing into the advancing line.He rushed forward ahead of the platoon to the gun emplacement, killed the officer and the operator of the gun and dispersed the crew. Later in the day he was rendered temporarily unconscious by an enemy shell but on recovering continued to direct harassing fire on the enemy. His utter disregard for personal safety and the confidence he inspired in all ranks greatly assisted in the outcome of the attack.
Additional information: Army No.424252 Sergeant Raphael Louis Zengel. The Victoria Cross 1856-1920 page 295, states that Zengel was awarded the VC Posthumously, but the VC Register (No.1350) states that he Died on as above, in Canada. He was also awarded the Military Medal.