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Lance Corporal Handley seizing a grenade, the fuse of which was nearly burnt, to hurl it over the parapet.


Lance Corporal Handley seizing a grenade, the fuse of which was nearly burnt, to hurl it over the parapet.

While a party of about ten grenadiers were throwing grenades into the enemys trenches by means of a catapult, the strand of the catapult broke and a powerful grenade, the fuse of which was nearly burnt, dropped into the trench. Lance Corporal W. Handley of the 17th Divisional cyclist company, Army Cyclist Corps, who was in charge of the party, rushed forward and hurled the grenade over the parapet. It burst just before reaching the ground. For his conspicuous gallantry Lance Corporal Handley was awarded the D.C.M.
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PRINT First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown.

Paper size 10.5 inches x 8.5 inches (27cm x 22cm)none£13.00

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