Local heroes honoured with Victoria Cross memorials

First World War heroes from Basingstoke and Deane who received the Victoria Cross are being honoured with commemorative paving stones.

The memorials are part of a national project organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government to give councils across the country special paving stones for the areas where the Victoria Cross recipients were born to mark the centenary commemoration of the Great War. These are laid in the 100th anniversary year of the Victoria Cross hero’s death.

In July 2015, residents joined the then Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Anne Court and The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson LL for the unveiling of the first of the borough’s memorial stone in commemoration of Captain John Aiden Liddell in Sherfield on Loddon. The specially commissioned stone was presented to Sherfield on Loddon Parish Council in recognition of where the Liddell family originally made their home.

On Saturday 29 April 2017, Lance Corporal James Welch VC will be honoured with a memorial stone in Stratfield Saye, the village in which he was born in 1889.

The stone for the First World War hero will be unveiled at a special ceremony at which the Basingstoke and Deane Mayor Cllr Jane Frankum and dignitaries from across the borough and beyond will pay their respects.

The date will mark exactly 100 years since the act of heroism for which Lance Corporal Welch was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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