War Diaries Talk

Award of the Victoria Cross to Private William McFadzean 14th Battalion Royal Rifles.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    McFadzean was a 20-year-old rifleman in the 14th Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles, British Army during the First World War. On 1 July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme near Thiepval Wood, France, a box of hand grenades slipped into a crowded trench. Two of the safety pins in the grenades were dislodged. McFadzean threw himself on top of the grenades, which exploded, killing him but injuring only one other.

    Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McFadzean

    Diary page link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003gfc

    What a brave young man he was!


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    He certainly was, Marie. A split second decision, and he saved the lives of many of his friends.