Victoria Cross given to Boer War hero who was so badly injured his wife was told he died in battle sells for £192,000 at auction

Joris Nieuwint

A Victoria Cross awarded to a war hero who was so badly wounded that his wife was wrongly told he was dead has sold for an impressive £192,000 – but the tale of valour behind the medal is priceless.

Sergeant William Traynor was awarded the VC in 1901 for jumping from his trench into heavy enemy fire in order to dash across a battlefield to help a wounded man.

He was shot in the leg and chest but still dragged the casualty to safety with the help of another comrade.

His own injuries appeared so bad that military officials sent a telegram home to his wife saying he had been killed.

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