War Hero Won Victoria Cross - Then Became a Lollipop Man

By Britton, Paul | Manchester Evening News, March 31, 2017 | Go to article overview

War Hero Won Victoria Cross - Then Became a Lollipop Man


Britton, Paul, Manchester Evening News


A HERO soldier's bravery on the battlefields of Belgium will be remembered 100 years on.

Sergeant Joseph Lister, who survived both world wars to become a lollipop man in Stockport after he retired, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry during the Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War.

During a violent thunderstorm east of Ypres, and under heavy enemy fire, he ran towards a German machine gun position and killed two soldiers before forcing the surrender of around 100 more, showing 'most conspicuous bravery in attack' on October 9, 1917.

A monument will be unveiled in his memory at the exact site in September and a campaign to raise funds has been launched by the Fusilier Association.

Salford-born Lister, who served with 1st Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers, was wounded at the Somme but survived to fight at Passchendaele.

The centenary of the battle will be marked nationally this year.

Representatives from Salford council and the regiment are expected to attend the memorial service in Belgium with the governor of West Flanders, but buying the land and memorial will cost Pounds 5,000.

The association's Lancashire branch is now appealing for donations. …

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