Seeing a Japanese grenade falling in the midst of his colleagues, Osborn shouted a warning and threw himself on it as it exploded, saving at least six others at the expense of his own life

Seeing a Japanese grenade falling in the midst of his colleagues, Osborn shouted a warning and threw himself on it as it exploded, saving at least six others at the expense of his own life. After the war, when returning PoWs tell of Osborn’s deed, he is awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, the only one of the Hong Kong defense.

Martin Gilbert, WWII, p.280 (December 18th, 1941)

Company Sergeant Major John Osborn was a World War I veteran.

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