World War 1 Victoria Cross Paving Stones, location observation.

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Just airing an observation.

    I have taken photographs of many of the WW1 Victoria Cross paving stones in London.
    On my travels I have been concerned that a number of the stones have been laid in the street where in time they will be forgotten and weather worn.Some have been laid in a town centre or at/near the home address of the recipient others within the bounds of the local war memorial.I assume it is a similar story around the UK.



    Below is an article by War Memorials Trust

    In general, War Memorials Trust does not recommend that these paving stones are added directly to existing war memorials or within their boundary, for example as a replacement for existing paving. This is because the nature of the inscriptions may not match the existing memorial; also the existing paving may have its own merit as well as forming part of the design of the memorial. In addition, the materials the new paving stone is made from may not be the same as the existing memorial or paving so its introduction may result in a visual change or physical damage to the original paving, or to the memorial itself.

    When installing a VC paving stone, War Memorials Trust recommends that considerations should be given to not locating it on a main walkway as the inscriptions will wear quickly if they are walked over and some people may consider such use as disrespectful and that there should also be space for people to gather for services and to lay flowers.



    Below a few different types of locations used around London.As you can see they are already becoming weather worn or placed on the public thoroughfare.

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  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Clive, as usual some nice photos. I agree it would be a shame when these get worn and unreadable in the future. The second image, with railings around it is a great idea. Well done.
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Over a year on from being laid this one ,as many will fade into obscurity
    Covered in chewing gum and stuck by a fire exit of a shopping centre.
    If you are going to do something do it right.

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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Victoria Cross Medals, 1857-2007
    Name: Honourable George Pearkes
    Birth Date: 26 Feb 1888
    Birth Place: Watford, Hertfordshire
    Death Date: 30 May 1984
    Death Place: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    George Pearkes was educated at Berkhamsted School, Herts before emigrating, at age 18, to Canada with his brother. His name lives on at the school where his sword is presented annually to the most outstanding Cadet in the Berkhamsted School CCF.
    His biography is called For Most Conspicuous Bravery.

    "I would have followed him through Hell," said one of the men who was serving with George Pearkes at Passchendaele where he won the Victoria Cross. If his men were devoted to him, he was equally so to them. In the character of this distinguished Canadian soldier and statesman "most conspicuous bravery," "utmost gallantry," and "supreme contempt of danger" were combined with a deep sense of duty and a zeal for service.
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