War heroes remembered through laying of commemorative stones - The Leamington Observer

War heroes remembered through laying of commemorative stones

WAR heroes from Leamington have been remembered by the laying of commemorative paving stones.

The stones were unveiled at the war memorial in Euston Place for Lt John Cridlan Barrett and Henry Tandey during the centenary of the First World War.

Both soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross – the highest honour for bravery awarded to members of the British army.

Lt John received the honour after charging the enemy – despite being wounded by their machine guns – before covering troops as they cut their way back to the battalion.

Henry who refused promotion, received a number of awards for his bravery including rushing at gun posts, rescuing the wounded while under fire and refusing to give up the fight even when severely wounded.

The tribute forms part of government’s scheme to provide a lasting legacy of Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War by laying a paving stone in the birth place of some 450 UK-born soldiers.

The event was attended by family, dignitaries, and representatives of the military from the associations in which the two soldiers served.

Leamington mayor Heather Calver said: “It is a great honour to unveil these commemorative stones and pay tribute to two such courageous men from our community.

“The location of these stones next to the war memorial, not only recognises their individual bravery, but also reminds us all of the incredible sacrifice made by so many others from our district and town during this tragic conflict.”

Coun Adrian Barton from the Royal British Legion in Leamington added: “The Royal British Legion is proud to be associated with the laying of these stones in recognition of the selfless bravery by two local soldiers.

“The positioning of these stones at the war memorial will ensure they are remembered for their bravery in years to come.”


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