Victoria Cross commemorations at Burton

11 July 2016

A commemorative paving stone is set to be unveiled in Burton to honour the memory of Major William Congreve.

The ceremony will mark the 100th anniversary of Major Congreve’s extraordinary feats of heroism that gained him the prestigious Victoria Cross during the First World War.

The commemorative paving stone is a national Government scheme, which honours every Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War in order to provide recognition of their extraordinary bravery on the 100th anniversary of their actions.

The stone will be revealed during a special ceremony at Gladstone Village Hall, Burton on Wednesday 20th July from 3.30pm, followed by light refreshments in the village hall.

In attendance will be members of the Congreve family, the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Razia Daniels, and Colonel A R Trelawny of The Rifles Regiment who will lead the ceremony, and close it with The Last Post and the Reveille.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Razia Daniels, said: “It is a real privilege to be part of this event, which will honour a local hero for the sacrifices he made for his country 100 years ago.

“Our local event is part of a national marking of people who did extraordinary things for the good of others and we are determined to make sure their valour is never forgotten.

“The memorial stone will provide a lasting legacy to Major Congreve, in the very village he was born in, for local people to see and pay their respects.”

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