World War I centenary: Paving stones to honour heroes

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  1. RCG

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    John Dimmer
    Jubilee Gardens,South Bank London

    Lieutenant Colonel
    Date of Death:
    King's Royal Rifle Corps
    attd. 2nd/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment
    V C, M C
    Grave Reference:
    II. B. 46.
    Additional Information:
    Husband of Dora Garvagh (formerly Dimmer), of Ashby Hall, Lincoln.

    An extract from "The London Gazette" dated 19th Nov., 1914. records the following:-"This Officer served his machine gun during the attack on the 12th November at Klein Zillebeke until he had been shot five times - three times by shrapnel and twice by bullets, and continued at his post until his gun was destroyed.

    John Dimmer - Wikipedia

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    John Vallentin
    St Marys Gardens

    Date of Death:
    South Staffordshire Regiment
    1st Bn.
    V C, Mentioned in Despatches
    Panel Reference:
    Panel 35 and 37.
    Additional Information:
    Son of Lucy Vallentin, of 116, Albert Place Mansions, Battersea Park, London, and the late Grimble Vallentin.

    John Vallentin - Wikipedia

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    ritsonvaljos Senior Member Patron

    Private James Alexander Glenn Smith V.C. (born James Alexander Glenn)
    Date of V.C. action: 21 December 1914

    The WW1 centenary paving stone for James Smith V.C. was temporarily 'unveiled' at Workington railway station on 21 December 2014 before being temporarily housed in Workington library awaiting renovations to the railway station. The renovation work having been completed, the paving stone and information board were moved to their permanent positition in April 2017, seen in the attached photographs. The reason Workington railway station was chosen for the site of the centenary paving stone is because this is where he arrived back at Workington and given a hero's welcome in 1915, after the announcement of the Victoria Cross award.

    One of the photographs on the information board (seen on the bottom right) was supplied by 'Yours Truly'. It shows James Smith with a small group of Border Regiment soldiers, one of whom is Abraham Acton V.C. from Whitehaven who was awarded the V.C. for the same action as James Smith.

    James Smith V.C. was born at Workington, then in Cumberland, as James Alexander Glenn on 5 January 1881 and baptised at the nearby St John's parish church. At the age of 13, he enlisted to the Border Regiment under the surname of Smith (his mother's maiden name).

    As a reservist in 1914 James Smith was called up shortly after Britain declared war on Germany. He was initially posted to the 3rd Battalion The Border Regiment (the reserve battalion for the 1st and 2nd battalions) and was sent over to France in November 1914, being attached to the 2nd Battalion The Border Regiment. The action for which James Smith and Abraham Acton were jointly awarded the Victoria Cross took place on 21 December 1914.when they rescued two comrades from "No Man's Land" while under enemy fire at Rouges Bancs.

    James Smith V.C. survived WW1 and made his home at Middlesborough. In WW2 he served in the Home Guard. He passed away at Middlesborough in 1968, aged 88. His medal group are displayed at Cumbria's Military Museum, Carlisle.

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  5. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I eventually stopped by this one, also went along to see his grave.



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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Frederick Palmer
    Hammersmith London

    For the award of the Victoria Cross.

    [ London Gazette, 3 April 1917 ], Near Courcelette, France, 17 February 1917, Lance Sergeant Frederick William Palmer, 22nd Bn, Royal Fusiliers.

    For most conspicuous bravery, control and determination.
    During the progress of certain operations, all the Officers of his Company having been shot down, Sjt. Palmer assumed command, and, having cut his way under point blank machine gun fire, through the wire entanglements, he rushed the enemy�s trench with six of his men, dislodged the hostile machine gun which had been hampering our advance, and established a block. He then collected men detached from other regiments, and held the barricade for nearly three hours against seven determined counter-attacks, under an incessant barrage of bombs and rifle grenades from his flank and front.

    During his temporary absence in search of more bombs an eighth counter-attack was delivered by the enemy, who succeeded in driving in his party, and threatened the defences of the whole flank. At this critical moment, although he had been blown off his feet by a bomb, and was greatly exhausted, he rallied his men, drove back the enemy and maintained his position.

    The very conspicuous bravery displayed by this Non-commissioned Officer cannot be overstated, and his splendid determination and devotion to duty undoubtedly averted what might have proved a serious disaster in this sector of the line.

    Frederick Palmer was invested with his Victoria Cross, and presented with his Military Medal, by King George V in Hyde Park, London, on the 2nd June 1917.

    After demobilization Palmer lived in Singapore and became a director of several companies. In 1942 the family home was destroyed when Singapore fell to the Japanese; his Chinese wife, a magistrate's daughter who had worked as a nurse in Singapore, and the Palmer's two young children were driven north and placed in a refugee camp for four years. During this time Palmer had no news of them, but when the war was over the family was reunited and they moved to Hordle in Hampshire.

    Frederick Palmer died in Lymington Hospital on 10th September 1955, aged 63, was cremated at Bournemouth Crematorium, and his ashes buried in All Saints' Churchyard, Hordle.

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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    George Dorrell
    Kensington London

    On 1 September 1914, at Néry, France, during a fierce attack by the enemy, all the officers of 'L' Battery were either killed or wounded, including the officer (Edward Kinder Bradbury) in command, who, although having had one leg taken off by a shell, continued to direct the firing until he died. Battery Sergeant-Major Dorrell then took over command with the support of a sergeant (David Nelson) and continued to fire one of the guns until all the ammunition was expended.[1]

    As brevet lieutenant colonel, Dorrell served as a company commander in the Home Guard during World War II.

    His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum in London.
    George Thomas Dorrell - Wikipedia

    George Thomas Dorrell V.C. M.B.E. | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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