A ROYSTON war hero awarded with the Victoria Cross for his bravery is to be remembered as part of First World War centenary celebrations.

Albert Shepherd, Barnsley's only VC recipient, died in 1966, aged 69.

A commemorative paving stone will be handed over to Barnsley Council from the government as part of its four-year programme of events to remember the war.

Money will also be given to local communities to improve war memorials.

On November 20, 1917, 20-year-old Albert was a private serving with the King's Royal Rifle Corps at Villers-Plouich in France.

Ignoring orders, he charged a machine gun post, threw a grenade killing two gunners and captured the gun.

As his company moved forward, Albert took charge as his commanders became casualties. While under heavy fire, he ordered his men to lie down and went back for the help of a tank.

In 2008, a plaque was revealed on the war memorial at Royston Church to mark his efforts.

The ceremony took place exactly 90 years since he was presented with the medal - the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a national competition to design the stones which will be presented to councils.

"Laying paving stones to mark these Victoria Cross heroes will ensure that there is a permanent memorial to all the fallen who fought for our country and the competition is a great way for people from all corners of the UK to get involved," he said.

It is not yet known where the stone will be installed.