Samuel Frickleton, VC

Samuel Frickleton, VC

Lance-Corporal Samuel Frickelton, who was a native of Slamannan, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917. Samuel and his brothers were all miners before the family emigrated to New Zealand in 1913.

The boys joined the New Zealand infantry together. Unfortunately during the fighting William was killed, Thomas lost his left arm, James lost the fingers of his left hand and Herbert was wounded in the back and was invalided to England. Thomas and James were discharged and returned to New Zealand.

Samuel was awarded the Victoria Cross for his conduct at Messines (where his brother Herbert was wounded). Although slightly wounded, Samuel destroyed an enemy machine gun post, dashed forward ahead of his section with grenades. He then attacked a second gun, killing the crew of twelve men. By his actions he saved his own and many other units from severe casualities.

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Samuel Frickleton, VC