victoria_crossResidents and visitors are encouraged to stop and reflect at Kensington War Memorial next Friday (5 September) at a public ceremony to remember local First World War hero George Dorrell VC MBE.

Starting at 11am, the focal point will be the unveiling of a special paving stone to commemorate George Dorrell’s act of valour on 1 September 1914 at the battle of Nerys, France, for which he won a Victoria Cross.

Joining two of George Dorrell’s grandchildren at the ceremony, will be: representatives from the Council, including the Royal Borough’s Mayor, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds; members of the Royal Horse Artillery – the regiment in which George Dorrell served – as well as a number of Chelsea Pensioners and senior military personnel.

To enable the ceremony to take place the northbound carriage of Kensington Church Street (from the junction of Kensington High Street) will be closed from 10am to 12.30pm.

This ceremony forms part of the nationwide campaign to commemorate First World War Victoria Cross recipients. A total of 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients, 85 of those were born in London.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is delighted to be able to honour nine Victoria Cross recipients that were born in the Borough.

For more information, please visit: www.rbkc.gov.uk/ww1victoriacrossawards

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