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Pictured: The Victoria Cross awarded to Private James Towers. <br />
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The Victoria Cross awarded to a soldier who volunteered for a suicidal mission after seeing five comrades killed attempting it has today sold for £248,000.<br />
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Private James Towers bravely stepped forward as the sixth man to dash out in front of enemy machine gun posts and try to get a vital message to a cut-off platoon 150 yards away.<br />
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He did this despite witnessing the five previous runners - including his best friend - get cut to pieces.<br />
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Pte Towers, whose medals were sold with Dix Noonan Webb, miraculously survived the mission at Mericourt on the Western Front in the final months of World War One.