William McFadzean's nephew Bill
McFadzean proudly displays his uncle's Victoria
Cross alongside Royal Mail's new stamp, which
features Poyntzpass born Charles Lucas. US38-734SP
A LISBURN man whose uncle posthumously
received the Victoria Cross for an act of extreme bravery during
the First World War has helped publicise a new series of stamps
to commemorate other members of the armed forces who received
Mr. Bill McFadzean has been photographed
proudly holding William McFadzeans medal beside one of the new
stamps which features Charles Lucas from Poyntzpass - the first
person to receive the honour.
Mr. McFadzean, whose medal has been given to
the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum in Belfast, died in France in an
act of totally unselfish courage which saved the lives of many
of his comrades.
The incident occurred in a trench as an
attack on the German lines was being prepared.
Bombs were being handed out when one lost its
pin and fell into a box containing many more of the devices.
Mr. McFadzean immediately threw himself over
the box which exploded, killing him instantly.
However, as his body absorbed much of the blast
none of the other soldiers in the trench were killed. The VC
which he was posthumously awarded was presented to his father
the following year by King George V.
Mr. McFadzean Senior was sent a third class
ticket for travel between his home in Belfast and London to
receive the honour.
A number of people from the Lisburn area
received the Victoria Cross after it was first commissioned by
Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert.
Glenavy man Samuel Hill was a Sergeant
in the 90th Regiment and served during the Indian Mutiny.
William James Lendrum, who was born in
Lisburn, was a Corporal in the Corps of Royal Engineers and
served in the Crimean War.
William David Kenny was from
Saintfield. He served in 4/39th Garhwai Rifles of the Indian
Army near Kot Kai (Waziristan). A memorial to Mr. Kenny is
located in Donaghadee.
The Victoria Cross remains the world's most
famous medal for bravery and Royal Mail is marking the 150th
anniversary of the introduction of the Victoria Cross with six
stamps which were issued yesterday (Thursday).