SOUTHWARK TO LAY THEIR FINAL VICTORIA CROSS MEMORIAL PAVING STONE

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Southwark council are laying the last of their Victoria Cross memorial paving stones on Monday.

Event:             Service of Commemoration, Honouring Jack Harvey VC

Date:               Monday 3 September 2018

Location:        Entrance to Burgess Park, Old Kent Road, SE1 5UE.

Time:              Service commences 11:00

Attending:      The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Catherine Rose, Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC COG, family of Jack Harvey VC

Led by:           Father David Vyvyan, St Phillip’s, Camberwell

Jack Harvey:

Jack Harvey, one of eleven children, was born on the 24 August 1891 at 2 Canal Grove, Peckham, to William Harvey, a foreman at the local gas works and Eliza.

Jack served on the Western Front and saw action at most of the major battles at Ypres, The Somme and the battle referred to as ‘Mud & Blood’ the infamous Passchendaele.

Jack’s gallantry in war saved his company heavy casualties and assisted in the success of the operation. Jack received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 8 March 1919.

Jack married Rose Maud (nee Neale) in 1915, returning to Camberwell at the end of the war. Jack and Rose had one son, Jack Victor Charles, and lived at various addresses in Peckham and Camberwell, including 34 Harling Street, which is now part of Burgess Park and Lidgate Road, before moving to Redhill, Surrey.

Jack Harvey died on the 15 August 1940, aged 48 and is buried at Redstone Cemetery, Redhill.

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Since 2014, as part of a UK Government First World War Centenary campaign, commemorative paving stones have been laid at the birth places of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients of the war.

Two local Victoria Cross holders were both born outside the area. Both were former pupils of Dulwich College.

Richard Basil Brandram Jones VC, aged 19 who lived at 2 Thicket Road, Anerley was born at Honor Oak (LB Lewisham). Dulwich College have his Victoria Cross.

In May 2015 London Borough of Lewisham unveiled it’s first VC Plaque to John Lynn and at the same time unveiled a monument to all the local VC recipients whether they were born in the Borough or were residents. It is locate in Lewisham Park, Opposite Lewisham Hospital on Lewisham High Street, alongside the Lewisham Metropolitan Borough War Memorial.

Major Stewart Loudoun-Shand VC who lived at Craigellie, Alleyn Park, Dulwich was born in Ceylon. He is commemorated at nearby West Norwood Cemetery, and buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt CWGC near the Somme[5] His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London. (Source: Wikipedia)

In total, 469 stones will be laid in communities in England, Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland. To commemorate VC recipients born overseas, 145 stones will be laid in The National Memorial Arboretum.

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