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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Blackburn
Town
Blackburn
County
Lancashire
Country
England
Commemoration
VC or GC Recipients
Ceremony
  • Unknown
    Date: 11-11-1956
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
42278
Current location

BLACKBURN TOWN HALL
Market Sq
Blackburn
Blackburn
Lancashire
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 680 270
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
FOUR BRASS PLAQUES MOUNTED ONTO AN OAK BACKBOARD
Inscription
BOARD: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BLACKBURN WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS/ UNVEILED BY MAYOR ALDERMAN W H HENSHALL MC ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF BLACKBURN AND WAS DEDICATED BY THE REV C H LAMBERT, ARCHDEACON OF BLACKBURN ON 11 NOV 1956 PLAQUE ONE: JOHN PITTS, MANCHESTER REGIMENT, AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN NATAL 20 JULY 1901 PLAQUE TWO: JOHN SCHOFIELD, LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS, AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN FRANCE 28 JUNE 1918 PLAQUE THREE: WILLIAM H. GRIMBALDERSTONE, KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS 14 SEPTEMBER 1917 FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY IN FRANCE, AND ALSO AWARDED THE COIX DE GUERRE PLAQUE FOUR: PERCY THOMPSON DEAN, ROYAL NAVY VOLUNTEERS, AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS 22 JULY 1918 FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AT ZEEBRUGGE
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Grimble-deston, William H
Schofield, John
See details for all 2 names
Commemorations
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Backboard
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
History
C 2000: RECENTLY RESTORED AND REMOUNTED. BACKBOARD WAS ORIGINALLY THE TOP OF A DISPLAY TABLET AND THE PLAQUES HAD BECOME DISCOLOURED
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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