Through an "act of valour," a Mitcham man saved the lives of his fellow soldiers 100 years ago.
Now William Allison White's name will live on through a memorial stone in his home town.

On September 18, people from all walks of life will gather at the Mitcham War Memorial where a memorial will be unveiled for the Victoria Cross recipient.

Mayor of Merton, Mary Curtin said it was a much deserved honour.
“We will gather on September 18 to remember William White, a former resident of Mitcham and one of two soldiers born in the borough to have received the Victoria Cross," she said.

"This is a service for the local community to honour a local man.”

During the ceremony people will hear White's life story, including the reason he was awarded such a large honour.

Merton’s Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE said: “100 years ago William White performed an act of valour which not only prevented further Allied casualties.

"It also contributed to the success of British military operations. 

"This ceremony will be a very fitting memorial to a Merton man who showed incredible bravery risking his life for his country.”

Acting Second Lieutenant William White was born at 5 Lavender Walk, Mitcham, on October 19, 1894 and died on September 13, 1974.
The ceremony will take place from 2pm.