A World Warfare One hero who survived the Battle of the Somme has been honoured with a commemorative stone, a century after he was killed.
Albert White, 25, was killed in France after storming an enemy machine gun submit as a way to save his comrades.
The Liverpool-born sergeant was awarded the Victoria Cross for his “conspicuous bravery and devotion to obligation”.
A stone has been laid at Liverpool Parish Church, 100 years after he died in Might 1917.
Tom White, the soldier’s nice nephew, was current throughout Friday’s ceremony alongside veterans and serving troopers.
He stated: “All of the household have all the time recognized about Albert’s heroism. It has been improbable immediately and really emotional, as a result of it has been an actual point of interest for the household to get collectively, to come back collectively to provide Albert due recognition.”
The previous sergeant within the South Wales Borderers served at Gallipoli, the place his battalion misplaced virtually 1,600 males.
He was then posted to France the place he survived the opening day of the Battle of the Somme and lots of different battles.
He was killed at Monchy-le-Preux throughout the Battle of Arras.
His quotation within the London Gazette reads: “Realising throughout an assault that one of many enemy’s machine weapons, which had beforehand been situated, would in all probability maintain up the entire advance of his firm, Sgt White, with out the slightest hesitation, and no matter all private hazard, dashed forward of his firm to seize the gun.
“When inside a number of yards of the gun, he fell riddled with bullets having thus willingly sacrificed his life so that he may safe the success of the operations and the welfare of his comrades.”
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor Roz Gladden stated the stone can be a everlasting reminder of the “unimaginable contribution” Sgt White made.