By WMVC, Aug 11 2018 08:30AM
You are cordially invited to join the Ancre Somme Association in Lurgan on Saturday 13th October 2018 at 13.00 for the unveiling of a bronze memorial in memory of Lurgan born Private William Frederick McFadzean VC.
William was awarded The Victoria Cross for the most conspicuous gallantry during the Battle of the Somme. The 1st July 1916 saw the 14th (Young Citizen Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles, in the Assembly trenches preparing for an attack close to the front line in Thiepval Wood.
Grenades were being distributed amongst the men when a box of them was dropped causing some to lose their safety pins and become armed on the floor of the trench. With no thought for himself, Private McFadzean threw himself on top of the grenades. They exploded, killing him instantly and wounding two other soldiers. Without a doubt, his actions saved the lives of all the soldiers in the vicinity.
This prestigious memorial will help ensure that the sacrifice made by William is never forgotten and will leave a lasting legacy for future generations commemorating the brave men who left these shores, many left, few returned.
This will undoubtedly be a very special and emotional day for those who have worked tirelessly to bring this memorial to fruition. William McFadzean is held in the highest esteem by the people of Lurgan, Northern Ireland indeed the United Kingdom and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to unveil a very fitting tribute.
We are honoured that the Lord Lieutenant of County Armagh, Lord Caledon, will join us as The Queen’s representative and that he will also perform the official unveiling. He will also be joined by other special guests who have expressed an interest in attending the unveiling. There will be fitting entertainment on the day followed by a ceremony to dedicate the memorial.
We anticipate that there will be a high level of interest in this event and for that reason we ask that you register in advance if you wish to attend the unveiling ceremony using the link below.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected]