NOSTALGIA: 100 year old video honours Mansfield war hero

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During the First World War, many of Mansfield’s men and women were enlisted in the forces in a variety of roles.

But perhaps one of the best known of these was the town’s Wilfred Dolby Fuller, a Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC) in 1915 for single-handedly preventing the escape of around 50 German troops from the trenches.

The war hero was born in Greasley, near Eastwood, in 1893, but moved to Mansfield as a child. He worked in the local mining industry before the First World War, and was medically discharged from the army in 1916.

He later became a policeman in Somerset.

Having been presented with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on June 4 1915, a civic reception and presentation to Lance Corporal Fuller was later held in his home town in 1917, which is shown in the video above.

Footage courtesy of the British Pathe Youtube channel.

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