Private Thomas McAvoy, GC

Private Thomas McAvoy, GCPrivate McAvoy was amongst those endeavouring to put out the flames of the burning truck at Jinsafut Camp, Palestine.

He was working beside the nearest petrol tank, which was alight. To relieve the pressure in the petrol tank and to save a possible explosion, he took up a pick axe and pierced the petrol tank without any thought for his own safety, though he must have been aware of the appalling risk he was taking.

The jet of burning petrol which immediately rushed out caused him to be badly burned.