Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

War Hero's Name Displayed Proudly after 30 Years

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

War Hero's Name Displayed Proudly after 30 Years

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Byline: Sarah Dale Reporter

A TEESSIDE war hero's name is finally on the headstone with his wife's more than 30 years after his death.

Tom Dresser VC died in 1982 aged 90 but, due to security concerns at the height of the IRA, his name was not added to the headstone of his wife Teresa's at their grave in Thorntree Cemetery in Middlesbrough.

Now his name is proudly displayed on the refurbished headstone and plans have been announced that fundraising work is to begin on bringing a statue of the First World War hero to his hometown, to stand alongside Second World War veteran Stan Hollis.

His grandson Brian Dresser, 57, said the family is "very proud" that Tom Dresser is being recognised by such an honour. "The Green Howards Association are keen to honour one of their own," said Brian, who lives in Tollesby, Middlesbrough, with his wife Judith and has two grown-up children Mark, 32, and Sarah, 30.

"There is a great deal of pride held for him in the Green Howards. It would make us feel very proud if there was a statue of my grandfather in Middlesbrough. He was a very quiet, modest and unassuming sort of a person. "In his later years he spoke very candidly to my wife about the suffering and awful things he'd seen.

"He was in his late eighties and he became very moved by it still after all those years."

Mr Dresser was awarded the Victoria Cross when he was 24 and a private in the 7th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment during the First World War for conveying an important message from battalion headquarters to the front line trenches despite being wounded twice and in great pain.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

A service was held at the Cargo Fleet Lane cemetery last month on Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony was attended by Mr Dresser's son, also called Tom, and his two grandsons, Brian and Paul, along with their families. …

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