NOSTALGIA: VIDEO - Mansfield pays tribute to VC hero Wilfred Dolby Fuller in 1917

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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. Footage courtesy of the British Pathe Youtube channel.