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McFADZEAN, WILLIAM FREDERICK

Rank:
Rifleman
Service No:
18278
Date of Death:
01/07/1916
Age:
20
Regiment/Service:
Royal Irish Rifles
 
"C" Coy. 14th Bn.
Awards:
V C
Panel Reference:
Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B.
Memorial:
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of William and Annie Pedlow McFadzean, of Rubicon, Cregagh, Belfast.

Citation

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. While in a concentration trench and opening a box of bombs for distribution prior to an attack, the box slipped down into the trench, which was crowded with men, and two of the safety pins fell out. Private McFadzean, instantly realising the danger to his comrades, with heroic courage threw himself on the top of the bombs. The bombs exploded blowing him to pieces, but only one other man was injured. He well knew his danger, being himself a bomber, but without a moment's hesitation he gave his life for his comrades."

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THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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