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Queen Victoria’s Rifles HQ, 56 Davies Street, London

The badge of the Queen Victoria’s Rifles provides a reminder of World War I in one of London’s most well-heeled districts. It adorns the wall of 56 Davies Street, where the unit (officially the 9th County of London Battalion) was … Continue reading

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Home-town recognition for sub-lieut Rex Warneford, VC

The British government has decided an Indian-born Victoria Cross winner will, after all, be granted a memorial plaque in his home town of Exmouth, Devon. Royal Navy sub lieutenant Rex Warneford was awarded the VC, aged 23, when he shot … Continue reading

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Egypt-born VC winner to receive Manchester commemoration

Sergeant Issy Smith, an Egypt-born Victoria Cross winner, will be commemorated in his adopted home city of Manchester, following a campaign by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex). The government plans to commemorate all the British-born VC winners … Continue reading

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Campaign to honour Ipswich VC winner

A campaign has been launched to commemorate VC winner Private Samuel Harvey in his adopted home town of Ipswich. Private Harvey, of 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, won his medal at the Battle of Loos in 1915. An account … Continue reading

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VC winners commemorated in home towns

Each World War I Victoria Cross recipient in Britain will have a stone laid in his or her home town as part of the World War 1 Centenary commemorations in 2014. In Nantwich, Cheshire, for example, second lieutenant Stanley Henry … Continue reading

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‘Oldest’ UK war memorial set for restoration

A World War I memorial that is believed to be the oldest in Britain is set for renovation, 96 years after it was installed, reports Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk The wooden cross and memorial at Inchbrook, Stroud, was dedicated in 1917 on land … Continue reading

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Work begins on statue of Essex VC winner

Work has begun on a statue to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. EADT24 reports that that a seven foot-tall bronze figure of Private Herbert Columbine VC of the Machine Gun Corps is being created by … Continue reading

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Footballer and First World War VC winner Donald Bell

Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell was the only professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. A native of Harrogate, Yorkshire, he trained as a teacher at Westminster College, London, and was appointed assistant master … Continue reading

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Sergeant major Fred Hall VC, Winnipeg Rifles

Sergeant major Fred Hall won the Victoria Cross during the Second battle of Ypres in Belgium. Sergeant major Hall was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, on 21 February 1885. He is believed to have emigrated to Canada around 1910. On 23 … Continue reading

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