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Pictured: William Tapsell's memorial plaque and medals.<br />
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The heroism of a Tommy who rescued 19 comrades buried in dugout after a shell attack can be revealed after his medals sold for £10,000.<br />
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Second Lieutenant William Tapsell, of the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, went to their aid after a German gas shell attack on the Western Front in the summer of 1917.<br />
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He started digging out men wearing a gas helmet but because of the darkness was struggling to see so he took it off.<br />
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By doing so he risked his own life as six of the men trapped were killed by lethal fumes.