Cornish Victoria Cross heroes to be honoured
Three Cornish heroes who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery during the Great War are to be honoured with special paving stones.
The Government initiative will form part of next year’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced a national competition to design specially commissioned paving stones which will be presented to councils in the areas where those Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War were born.
The Cornishmen who received the highest honour were Earnest Pitcher from Mullion, Horace Curtis from St Anthony-in-Roseland and James Finn, who was born in Truro but brought up in Bodmin.
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A Bodmin housing estate is named after him and the town’s museum has a permanent exhibition featuring the Victoria Cross holder.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “It is our duty to remember the British and Commonwealth troops who lost their lives fighting in the Great War and we are determined to make sure their bravery for king and country is not forgotten.”
“Laying paving stones to mark these Victoria Cross heroes will ensure that there is a permanent memorial to all the fallen who fought for our country and the competition is a great way for people from all corners of the United Kingdom to get involved.”
“This will connect communities to their shared history, help residents understand how their area played its part in the Great War, and ensure memories of that sacrifice for British freedom and liberty are kept alive for generations to come,’’ said Mr Pickles.