Remembrance

Watch: Incredible 1917 footage of WW1 Army hero being awarded Victoria Cross

Private Jack Cunningham VC single-handedly cleared enemy trenches during the Battle of the Somme in World War One.

The British Army has been remembering the bravery of a First World War hero.

In 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, Private John Cunningham, usually known as 'Jack', single-handedly cleared a German trench after his comrades had been killed or injured.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross the following year for his actions, of which there remains incredible video footage of the ceremony held in Hyde Park, London.

In November 1916, Pte Cunningham was fighting in the Battle of the Ancre - the final offensive of the Battle of the Somme.

After capturing the enemy's front line, the soldier continued on with his section up a trench where they were faced with opposing troops.

Pte Cunningham's comrades were either killed or injured, leaving him to proceed solo.

He eventually encountered 10 German soldiers, killing them all and clearing the trench up to a new line.

In June 1917, Pte Cunningham was among 350 people to be decorated, being presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V.

Pte Cunningham was badly injured near the end of World War One and was demobilised in 1919.

He died in 1941 aged 43, from an illness caused by his war wounds.