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Memorial details

Memorial type
Roll of honour or book of remembrance
District
Cotswold
Town
Coates
County
Gloucestershire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
20725
Current location

St Mathew's Church
Trewsbury Road
Coates
Cotswold
Gloucestershire
GL7 6NS
England

OS Grid Ref: SO 9726300997
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
FRAMED HISTORY ABOUT BERNARD VANN
Inscription
BERNARD VANN V.C./ SOLDIER PRIEST/ Bernard Vann, whose death in the first World/ War is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in this/ church, spent much of his childhood in the Coates/ rectory, where his mother was housekeeper to the/ Rec. T. C. Simpson, his uncle. On the outbreak of war as chaplain and assistant/ master at Wellinborough School he volunteered as/ Army chaplain but, frustrated by difficulties and/ delays, joined the Sherwood Foresters instead. He/ served with them continously on the Western Front/ for four years, where he was wounded 13 times,/ awarded two Military Crosses, the Croix de Guerre,/ and promoted Lieutenant - Colonel. On 29th September, 1918, his "conspicuous/ bravery", leading his Battalion during the attack at/ Bellenglise and Lehaucourt led to the award of the/ Victoria Cross. He was killed four days later, within/ a few weeks of the end of the war, leaving a widow who/ gave birth to his son in June, the following year.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Vann, Bernard
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,relationships,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: Undefined
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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