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Memorial to William McNally


Memorial unveiled in 1978

 

To the sacred memory of
William McNally, V.C., M.M. & Bar
1894-1976
who by his courage and unselfish
devotion to duty during the Great War
1914-18 brought honour and glory to this
village and his regiment.

William McNally VC, MM and Bar (16 December 1894 – 5 January 1976) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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He was 23 years old, and a sergeant in the 8th (S) Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 27 October 1918 at Piave River, Italy, when his company was most seriously hindered by machine-gun fire, Sergeant McNally, regardless of personal safety, rushed the machine-gun post single-handed, killing the team and capturing the gun. Later, at Vazzola on 29 October the sergeant crept up to the rear of an enemy post, put the garrison to flight and captured the machine-gun. On the same day, when holding a newly captured ditch, he was strongly counter-attacked from both flanks, but coolly controlling the fire of his party, he frustrated that attack, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum, Richmond, North Yorkshire, alongside the medals of a fellow resident of Murton, James Hall DCM MM.

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McNally, W., Sergt., V.C., M.M. and Bar 1914-18 (1976)
- "William 'Billy', McNally was born the 16th December 1894 at 39 Green Street, [his grandparents house], Murton, County Durham, one of 10 children of Jonathan McNally, (born 1870, Southwick, died ...

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Murton War Memorial & William McNally VC MM* Commemoration

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Murton War Memorial & William McNally VC MM* Commemoration

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