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City remembers war hero, George Wyatt, with special plaque

Worcester Editorial 29th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

ONE OF the city’s most celebrated war heroes has been recognised with a commemorative paving stone outside the Guildhall.

A special ceremony was held in Worcester on Tuesday (August 26) to remember George Wyatt, who fought on the front-line in the First World War.

Mr Wyatt, who was a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts, which included saving his Battalion from burning farm buildings.

Worcester City Council is among the first ten local authorities to celebrate this achievement with a paving stone dedicated to a winner of the prestigious war medal.

Coun David Wilkinson, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “I am proud that Worcester has been able to commemorate the courageous actions of a soldier born in Britannia Road.

“The Victoria Cross is the most prestigious military award and this is an appropriate and important way of marking the bravery of our very own World War One hero.”

Mr Wyatt, who was born in Britannia Row on September 5, 1896, left for France in August 1914 as a member of the British Expeditionary Force.

As well as risking his life to save his Battalion from a fire, Mr Wyatt showed courage again as he continued to support his comrades on the front line despite suffering serious head wounds.

His bravery saw him receive the Victoria Cross on August 26, 1914, which led the city council to chose him as part of a national programme, co-ordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG.)

The second paving stone, which will be unveiled in 2017, will honour Frederick Dancox, who served in the ranks of the fourth Battalion Worcestershire regiment and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917.

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