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The reverse of the Victoria Cross showing that Sanders won it on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.<br />
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A Victoria Cross awarded to a hero British soldier on the first day of the Somme is being sold by his family for £220,000 over 100 years later.<br />
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Corporal George Sanders led a band of 30 men in repelling repeated German attacks over two days after a communications break down left them cut off in an enemy trench.<br />
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For nearly two days without any food or water, he drove off a raid by the enemy which required hand-to-hand combat using bayonets and then stood firm against two strong bombing attacks.<br />
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His Victoria Cross and Military Cross have been passed down through the family and are now to be sold for the very first time at London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.