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Second-Lieutenant Rochfort picks up a bomb which was about to explode

Second-Lieutenant Rochfort picks up a bomb which was about to explode


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Second-Lieutenant Rochfort picks up a bomb which was about to explode

STC413330 Second-Lieutenant Rochfort picks up a bomb which was about to explode and hurls it from the trench (litho) by Ripperger, H. (fl.1915); Private Collection; (add.info.: Communication trench between Cambrin and La Bassee, 3rd August 1915; Second-Lieutenant George Arthur Boyd Rochfort (1880-1940), of the Special Reserve, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross; ); The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Media ID 22911258

© The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

Brave Bravery British Army Courage Deeds Of Valour Grenade Heroism Mortar Parapet Trench Warfare Trenches Victoria Cross 1914 1918 Wwi Ww One First World War 1914 1918 Great War


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This photograph captures a moment of extraordinary bravery amidst the chaos of trench warfare during World War I. In the midst of a dark night, Second-Lieutenant Rochfort emerges as a true hero as he fearlessly confronts imminent danger. The image shows him stooping down to pick up a bomb that was about to explode, displaying remarkable composure and courage in the face of death. The scene takes place in a communication trench between Cambrin and La Bassee on August 3rd, 1915. Rochfort, an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, belonged to the Special Reserve, 1st Battalion Scots Guards. His actions epitomize selflessness and sacrifice for his comrades on the battlefield. As we gaze at this lithographic print from Ripperger's skilled hand, we are reminded not only of Rochfort's individual act but also of the countless acts of valor performed by soldiers during this brutal conflict. It serves as a poignant tribute to all those who fought with unwavering determination against unimaginable odds. The composition emphasizes both darkness and light; shadows enveloping Rochfort contrast with his illuminated figure standing out against them. This juxtaposition symbolizes hope amidst despair - one man defying fate to protect others. In this single frame frozen in time, we witness an embodiment of heroism that transcends nationality or allegiance. It stands as testament to humanity's capacity for bravery even in our darkest moments.

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