Donnini was 19 years old, and a fusilier in the 4th/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 18 January 1945 during Operation Blackcock, Fusilier Donnini's platoon was ordered to attack the small village of Stein in Selfkant Germany, close to the Dutch border. On leaving their trench they immediately came under heavy fire from a house and the fusilier was hit in the head. After recovering consciousness he charged 30 yards down the open road and hurled a grenade through the nearest window, whereupon the enemy fled pursued by Fusilier Donnini and the survivors of his platoon. He was wounded a second time but continued firing his Bren gun until he was killed after the grenade he was carrying was hit by a bullet and exploded. His gallantry had enabled his comrades to overcome twice their own number of the enemy.
Donnini at 19 was the youngest soldier in the Second World War to be awarded the VC.
He is buried at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Sittard, The Netherlands. There is also a cache in the Netherlands which mentions him, it can be found here GC2TV9R
This is a multi-cache and can be found a short distance away at 54° 47.ABC W 001° 19.DEF by working out the coordinates from the clues below. The published coordinates will take you to the remembrance garden and you will be looking at a mural, here you will get the answers for A - D
A =Number of letters in the second word on the plaque in front of the mural
B = There are some signatures bottom right of the mural, second number of the year shown
C = Look behind you, number of seats minus 2
D = Add the first and the third digits of the year from his date of birth on the mural
E =Number of letters in the surname of the person who donated the plaque.
F = Number of letter in the first word that starts with a Blue letter on the plaque.
Checksum for numbers is 23
There are literally thousands of War memorials around the country. Memorials were usually raised through public subscription to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our country. The year 2014 was the centenary of the start of the First World War, so it was about time there was a series dedicated to War Memorials. There is an un-numbered series in Scotland called Lest-we-forget and another called Poppies on Parade. Any of these will happily be added to the War Memorial Series, just ask for a number. The name of this series “We will remember them”, was chosen from the very moving poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon. It is well worth searching out and reading.”
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