A man who won a Victoria Cross for saving a company of soldiers during the First World War and has been honoured a century on.

A paving slab to commemorate Captain Cyril Hubert Frisby was unveiled in New Barnet last Saturday.

The paving slab was laid close to where Captain Frisby was born during a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Reuben Thompstone in Station Road, New Barnet.

Captain Frisby was 33 and served with the First Battalion Coldstream Guards during the battle of Canal Du Nord in northern France.

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On the first day of the four-day battle, Captain Frisby led a group of 12 volunteers to take a crossing over the canal fired upon by two machine gun nests.

Despite the rain of fire he successfully took the crossing, even though he was bayoneted in the leg by an enemy soldier in hand to hand fighting.

Later that same day he assumed control of a nearby company that had lost all its officers and organised a defence to stave off an enemy counter attack.

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He was given the VC the same day for his actions.

After the war he became a stockbroker. He also took up deep sea fishing and was described as Britain’s most famous tuna fisherman – capturing five tuna, including a 659-pound fish, in one day.

He died aged 75 on September 10, 1961.