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Royston War Hero To Be Remembered

Monday August 12 2013

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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.

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Reply Posted by Cathy on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 07:41
Very brave actions of a young man. We live life and freedom today thanks to men like this, let's never forget.

Reply Posted by pete on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 23:00
What about Lt Comm Eucene Esmonde VC. from Thurlstone. this is in barnsley mbc ?

Reply Posted by jacob on Monday September 22 2014 at 23:21
This man is my great, great, great uncle and I only found out 4 years ago.