As remembrance day approaches, I always think its so important that students (and everyone for that matter) considers individual examples of what remembrance day is all about rather than just the mass collective. To personalise it all makes it so much more powerful.
William Mcfadzean is a good place to start. An Irish soldier who is remarkable for so many reasons. At 21, hailing from a working class background, he received a Victoria Cross, for something so unique that the King himself described it as the "most brave act of WW1".
Mcfadzean was packing grenades into a box with his colleagues before the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Unfortunately, the pin dislodged from one the grenades accidentally. He had 3 seconds to make a life or death decision. He chose to jump on top of that grenade. He killed himself, instantly, but saved the lives of many soldiers. Perhaps as many as 30. All said they owed their lives to "Billy".
William Mcfadzean VC #wewillremember
For me, this story personifies the words of Jesus; "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". He did that and more.