The Great War
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Lance-Corporal Mcdonnell and two companies of the 1st Grenadier Guards were surprised when reconnoitering on the Aisne on the 23rd September, 1914, by a large party of Germans in an advanced trench in a wood. The enemy thought they had their prey secure and began leisurely to walk out to take the three men prisoners. To their astonishment Mcdonnell gave a sharp order to fire and bullets flew thick and fast, finding many a victim. Before the Germans could recover from their confusion the three audacious Guardsmen had made good their escape. He was awarded the D.C.M.