Appeal for families of Blackburn Victoria Cross soldiers

First published in News

RELATIVES of three soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross are being sought to attend the laying of special paving stones in Blackburn with Darwen.

William Henry Grimbaldeston, John Schofield and Percy Thompson Dean, who all received Britain’s highest bravery award, will be commemorated during events for the centenary of the 1914 -1918 conflict.

The government is paying for the specially-made stones to be placed in over 400 towns across the UK commemorating the First World War soldiers awarded the VC for exceptional valour in battle.

The precise locations of the memorials is yet to be decided by Blackburn with Darwen council which is looking for descendants of the three heroes to take part in the celebrating their courage.

William Henry Grimbaldeston, the borough’s first VC was in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, surviving the conflict and dying suddenly at his home in Bold Street, aged 69 in August 1959.

John Schofield, a Second Lieutenant in The Lancashire Fusiliers died in action June 1918, and is only one of the Blackburn VCs to be awarded his medal after death.

Percy Thompson Dean from Buncer Lane was the first member of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve to win the VC and was a Conservative MP for the town.

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.”

Descendants of the three VCs are asked to contact the council by ringing Mary Painter on 01254 661221.

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12:31pm Sun 2 Mar 14

mmickk says...

Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!!
Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!! mmickk
  • Score: 15

1:47pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Reasons says...

How about James Pitts VC -Never forget !!
Buried in Blackburn Old cemetery and restored by Brent Stevenson and the volunteers
How about James Pitts VC -Never forget !! Buried in Blackburn Old cemetery and restored by Brent Stevenson and the volunteers Reasons
  • Score: 10

6:45pm Sun 2 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

“Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.”

The above embarrassing statement would have been worthwhile had as Blackburn with Darwen Council Leader not allowed the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s War Memorial Wing to fall into a state of decay. Jack Straw makes wars and his council leader has done nothing but help destroy the main object of remembrance that Blackburn possessed. A shame on you both!
“Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.” The above embarrassing statement would have been worthwhile had as Blackburn with Darwen Council Leader not allowed the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary’s War Memorial Wing to fall into a state of decay. Jack Straw makes wars and his council leader has done nothing but help destroy the main object of remembrance that Blackburn possessed. A shame on you both! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 8

7:03pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Reasons says...

And what about those who were heroes but never came back ,for each soldier was as in both wars . No matter how little or how much each one is worthy of recognition
And what about those who were heroes but never came back ,for each soldier was as in both wars . No matter how little or how much each one is worthy of recognition Reasons
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

mmickk wrote:
Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!!
Why should Hollern not get a bit of publicity out of it ?
Why do you think all these other people who get involved in this kind of nonsence do it for.
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!![/p][/quote]Why should Hollern not get a bit of publicity out of it ? Why do you think all these other people who get involved in this kind of nonsence do it for. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

10:44pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
mmickk wrote:
Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!!
Why should Hollern not get a bit of publicity out of it ?
Why do you think all these other people who get involved in this kind of nonsence do it for.
Empty vessels make the most noise - how true!
What was it Oscar Wilde said? - "....price of everything, value of nothing....."
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Kate Hollern said kate hollern has not got a clue jumping in for a bit of self publicity. These are people that gave their heart and soul for Queen and country without any thought about themselves. Hollern take note and do not stoop so low as to get on the bandwagon for yourself clueless waste of space your in it for financial gain try putting the people first I but you would not know how would you! you and your cronies straw would not know how to fight for your Queen and country all you can do is how much? whats in it for me? Not one second of thought for your countryman!!!!Or how it will effect the people around you. This is about the Best of the Best not what you think. Keep your comments to yourself. There is plenty of news stories you could comment on but you sit on the fence its all about the vote just like straw. God it makes my blood boil when she sticks her oar in!!![/p][/quote]Why should Hollern not get a bit of publicity out of it ? Why do you think all these other people who get involved in this kind of nonsence do it for.[/p][/quote]Empty vessels make the most noise - how true! What was it Oscar Wilde said? - "....price of everything, value of nothing....." Darren1951
  • Score: 6

11:57pm Sun 2 Mar 14

garnersfreshpint says...

The appeal is for relatives of the VC recipient's families to contact the council.
Why the hatred directed at local politicians for three lines of the piece?
The rulers and politicians at the time of conflict are surely more deserving of your contempt.
The flagstones seem to me to be a fitting tribute that can reflect on all who gave their lives.
To be correct, It would be King and Country when the gallantry awards were made.
RIP
The appeal is for relatives of the VC recipient's families to contact the council. Why the hatred directed at local politicians for three lines of the piece? The rulers and politicians at the time of conflict are surely more deserving of your contempt. The flagstones seem to me to be a fitting tribute that can reflect on all who gave their lives. To be correct, It would be King and Country when the gallantry awards were made. RIP garnersfreshpint
  • Score: 3

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