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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Wrexham
Town
Whitewell
County
Clwyd
Country
Wales
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
49856
Current location

St Mary's Church
Whitewell
Wrexham
Clwyd
SY13 3AR
Wales

OS Grid Ref: SJ 495 415
Denomination: Church in Wales

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Description
Slate tablet with Victoria Cross on left. Coat of arms at right.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF/ BERNARD WARBURTON-LEE V.C./ CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY/ BORN AT BROAD OAK IN THIS PARISH 13TH SEPT 1896/ KILLED IN ACTION AT NARVIK 10TH APRIL 1940/ THE VICTORIA CROSS WAS AWARDED FOR GALLANTRY, ENTERPRISE/ AND DARING, IN COMMAND OF THE FORCE ENGAGED IN THE FIRST/ BATTLE OF NARVIK 10TH APRIL 1940./ "ON BEING ORDERED TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK ON NARVIK, HE/ LEARNED THAT THE ENEMY HELD THE PLACE IN MUCH GREATER FORCE/ THAN HAD BEEN THOUGHT. HE SIGNALLED TO THE ADMIRALTY THAT/ THE ENEMY WERE REPORTED TO BE HOLDING NARVIK IN FORCE, THAT/ SIX DESTROYERS AND ONE SUBMARINE WERE THERE, THAT THE CHANNEL MIGHT BE MINED AND THAT HE INTENDED TO ATTACK/ AT DAWN, HIGHWATER./ THE ADMIRALTY REPLIED THAT TWO NORWEGIAN COAST DEFENCE/ SHIPS MIGHT BE IN GERMAN HANDS, THAT HE ALONE COULD JUDGE/ WHETHER TO ATTACK AND WHATEVER DECISION HE MADE WOULD/ HAVE FULL SUPPORT. CAPTAIN WARBURTON-LEE GAVE OUT THE/ PLAN FOR HIS ATTACK AND LED HIS FLOTILLA OF FIVE DESTROYERS/ UP THE FJORD IN HEAVY SNOWSTORMS, ARRIVING OFF NARVIK JUST/ AFTER DAYBREAK. HE TOOK THE ENEMY COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE/ AND MADE THREE SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS ON WARSHIPS AND/ MERCHANTMEN IN THE HARBOUR. THE LAST ATTACK WAS MADE/ ONLY AFTER ANXIOUS DEBATE./ ON THE FLOTILLA WITHDRAWING, FIVE ENEMY DESTROYERS OF/ SUPERIOR GUN POWER WERE ENCOUNTERED AND ENGAGED. THE/ CAPTAIN WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED BY A SHELL WHICH HIT/ H.M.S. HARDY'S BRIDGE. HIS LAST SIGNAL WAS/ "CONTINUE TO ENGAGE THE ENEMY".
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Lee, B Warburton
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Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, surname, date of death, date of birth, service, place of death, forename, manner of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, surname, date of death, date of birth, service, place of death, forename, manner of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 50 MM, height 1200 MM, width 800 MM
    Materials: Slate
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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