Fuller – Lance Corporal Wilfred Dolby

28 July 1893 – 22 November 1947

Wilfred was born at East Kirkby (Kirkby-in-Ashfield), Nottinghamshire He was a keen footballer, bugler in the Cadet Corps and sang in the local church choir. He was employed as a pony driver at Warsop Vale Colliery and later at Crown Farm Colliery, Mansfield.

He enlisted in the Grenadier Guards on 30 December 1911, and by 1914 was on the Regimental Police staff at Wellington Barracks, London. On 8 November 1914 he was posted to France to join the 1st Battalion. 

On the 12th March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France, Lance-Corporal Fuller saw a party of the enemy trying to escape along a communication trench. He ran towards them and killed the leading man with a bomb; the remainder (nearly 50) seeing no means of evading his bombs, all surrendered to him. Lance-Corporal Fuller was quite alone at the time.

In 1916 Wilfred was discharged from the Army as medically unfit for further service. He returned to the pits but poor health made him ill-suited to life underground, and he was forced to retire from mining. He moved to Somerset and joined the police force in 1919. He remained a police officer until his retirement in 1940.  His medals are held at the Grenadier Guards Regimental Headquarters, London.

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