Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

VC Heroes Honoured by Their Home Town

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

VC Heroes Honoured by Their Home Town

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Byline: Mike Kelly Reporter @@MIKEJKELLY1962

THREE heroes awarded Britain's highest honour for gallantry have been further recognised with a home town memorial.

Edward Lawson, John Aidan Liddell and Adam Herbert Wakenshaw are the only three Newcastleborn men to have been awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest award the nation can give.

It has been received by only 1,355 people in history.

The memorial, a granite plinth mounted with cast metal plaques, is located at the foot of the steps on which a Challenger tank sits in the plaza outside the Discovery Museum in the city's, Blandford Square.

The unveiling was attended by a number of the VC winners' families who read out their citations. Among them was Barry Lawson, 75, of Gosforth, Newcastle, the grandson of Edward Lawson.

He said: "As a family we're extremely proud. We thought the memorial was absolutely superb and the whole service was conducted really, really well. A lot of work was put into it."

Also there the was the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield OBE; the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Coun Linda Wright and Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah.

Ms Onwurah said: "This is a truly beautiful memorial to three incredibly brave men, honoured by their country and now by our city.

"Hearing their families read out the citations was incredibly moving. It is important to remember the bravery and sacrifices of previous generations as a mark of respect but also as a source of inspiration as we face our own challenges today."

In October 1897, a battle was fought at Dargai Heights, in what is now Pakisatn, during which 199 of the British force were killed or wounded.

It was there that Edward Lawson, then 24 and part of the Gordon Highlanders, carried a badly injured officer, Lieutenant Dingwall, to safety. He then returned to rescue a Private McMillan, disregarding his own wounds. Lawson himself said he received 'a couple of scratches' during the episode.

Captain John Aidan Liddell was a pilot in July 1915. While over Ostend-Bruges-Ghent, Belgium, Liddell's aircraft was raked by machine gun fire and Liddell was severely wounded in his right thigh. …

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