William McFadzean was born in Lurgan, County Armagh on the 9th of October 1895.
As a young man, McFadzean enlisted in the British military sevices.
On the 1st of July, 1916, he was at the Battle of the Somme when a box of hand grenades slipped into a crowded trench. Two safety pins had become dislodged. McFadzean threw himself onto the box of grenades, so that when they detonated they killed him, but the others in the trench were protected. Only one other person was injured. He was only 20 years old.
Because of his great sacrifice to save the lives of his fellow men, McFadzean was posthumously awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross for bravery. The medal was presented to his father by King George V in Buckingham Palace.
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