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Nottinghamshire's Great War Heroes Remembered

12th October 2018
News, Mansfield

A touring exhibition dedicated to six local heroes of World War I, is visiting Newark and Mansfield this month, as the 100th anniversary of the end of Great War moves ever closer.

 

The Nottinghamshire County Council exhibition tells the courageous stories of six Nottinghamshire men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their outstanding bravery during the Great War (1914-1918). The Victoria Cross is the country's highest military honour and is only awarded in the most exceptional circumstances.

From 15 to 19 October the exhibition will visit Newark Library, before moving on to Mansfield Central Library from 22 to 26 October.

 

Those featured in the exhibition include Sapper William Hackett, who sacrificed his own life to stay with a stricken comrade as they tunnelled under no man's land, flying-ace Captain Albert Ball, who was regarded as one of the great British pilots of the First World War and Sergeant William Johnson, who single-handedly charged at and captured two machine gun emplacements, despite being severely wounded 

Visitors to Mansfield Library will be particularly interested in discovering more about local man, Lance Corporal Wilfrid Dolby Fuller, a former Mansfield Colliery miner who was awarded the Victoria Cross after capturing 50 enemy troops as they attempted to escape along a communications trench. He received a a hero's welcome and Civic Reception in Mansfield (film footage) in 1915, prior to receiving his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 4 June 

The exhibition also includes a replica Victoria Cross medal, information about other medals awarded for service during the Great War and a 'There But Not There' Tommy silhouette. 

 

The six Nottinghamshire men who received the Victoria Cross for their actions during the Great War were:

    Sergeant William Henry Johnson (Worksop)

    Sapper William Hackett (Sneinton)

    Colonel Sir Charles Geoffrey Vickers (Nottingham)

    Captain Albert Ball (Lenton)

    Lance Corporal Wilfrid Dolby Fuller (Kirkby-in-Ashfield / Mansfield)

    Private Samuel Harvey (Bulwell)

 

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The Great War Victoria Cross exhibition is touring the county as part of a wide range of events and activities we have been organising and supporting on the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of the Great War.

"More than 14,000 soldiers, sailors, air crew and civilians from Nottinghamshire gave their lives during the conflict. And amid the tragedy and horror of those four years, there were numerous acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice - none more so than those displayed by the six Nottinghamshire recipients of the Victoria Cross , all fully deserving of the country's highest military honour."

 

Further information about the Victoria Cross exhibition and other events to mark the centenary of the Great War, including plans for a new Nottinghamshire Great War memorial which will name all 14,000 fallen, is available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/nottsremembers


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