Throughout August and September 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War. Commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of Victoria Cross recipients to:
- honour their bravery
- provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities
- enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story
A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War:
- 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients
- 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas
- 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War
The first Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone is being laid today (Saturday 23rd August 2014) , at East Grinstead High Street to honour Private Sidney Godley VC. You can find out more about Sidney Godley in East Grinstead Museum’s exhibition ‘For King and Country’ (visit their website or Facebook page for more details).
Other commemorative paving stone events taking place today are:
- Corporal Charles Garforth VC – Brent, London
- Lieutenant Maurice Dease VC – Dublin, Ireland
- Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis VC – Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire Council)
For more details of forthcoming events taking place across the county, visit the Government website.
When are the Kent events taking place (and have we remembered all the Kent VC recipients)? Let us know and we can share the details here on the blog.