The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Rifleman William Mariner VC

On 22nd May 1915 near Cambrin, France, during a violent thunder storm, Rifleman Mariner left his trench and crept out through German wire entanglements until he reached the emplacement of an enemy gun which had been hindering progress. He climbed on top of a German parapet and threw a grenade under the roof of the emplacement, and after 15 minutes he threw another. He then waited until the guns opened fire on the wire entanglements behind him and eventually he was able to return to his own trench. He had been out alone for one and a half hours.

Mariner was born in Chorley, Preston on 29th May 1882. He had changed his name before joining the 2nd Battalion KRRC. He died on the 1st July 1916.

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