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1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Commemorate WW1 War Heroes

The Coldstream Guards have commemorated the day when two men from the 1st Battalion carried out incredible acts of bravery which earned them...

Captain Frisby and Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson. (Picture: British Army)

The Coldstream Guards have commemorated the day when two men from the 1st Battalion carried out incredible acts of bravery which earned them the Victoria Cross.

It was during the Battle of Canal Du Nord in France that Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson and Captain Cyril Frisby captured a canal under intense fire.

Capt Frisby was in command of a company detailed to capture a canal crossing, but when the canal was reached, the leading Platoon came under annihilating fire from a strong enemy post under the bridge on the far side of the canal.

Capt Frisby with LCpl Thomas Norman Jackson VC and two others climbed down into the canal under intense fire and succeeded in capturing the post with two machine guns and 12 men. 

Then having consolidated his objective he gave timely support to a company that had lost all of its officers and sergeants, organising the defences and beating off a heavy counter-attack.

Coldstream Guards Drumhead service

On Thursday, the anniversary of their actions was commemorated with a Regimental Drumhead Service and Regimental musical from the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

At the same time, a VC Paving Stone was unveiled to LCpl Norman Jackson in his hometown of Swinton in Greater Manchester.

Lieutenant Corporal Ed Launders, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards said that the pair had set an example of "dedication" and "devotion" to duty.

"It serves as an inspiration to the current generation because whilst we don't necessarily have to face the horrors that they would have faced during the First World War.

"Nonetheless, as an Operational Battalion, we may, all of us find ourselves in situations like that.

"We can look back at the example - the dedication, the devotion to duty that those guys set and be inspired by it."

Capt Freddy Russell, Adjutant 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, added:

"These were ordinary individuals called upon to do extraordinary things and that's exactly what we should try to achieve." 

Coldstream Guards Drumhead service

Also commemorating today was Richard Frisby, a Coldstream veteran and the great-nephew of Capt Cyril Frisy.

He said: "Having been a soldier myself - really to be mentioned in the same breath as someone like my great uncle is rather extraordinary and humbling.

"We're immensely proud as a family of what he did."