Award of the Victoria Cross to Private William McFadzean 14th Battalion Royal Rifles.
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.
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What a brave young man he was!
by ral104 moderator, scientist
He certainly was, Marie. A split second decision, and he saved the lives of many of his friends.