With last year marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, Kensington and Chelsea is honouring eight residents who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

A commemorative service will be held on the centenary of the act they were awarded the VC for. The next commemoration will be to honour Richard Bell Davies VC CB DSO AFC who was awarded his Victoria Cross for the first combat search and rescue by aircraft in history. The service will be held at 11am on 19 November 2015 at Sloane Square War Memorial.

“Squadron-Commander Davies descended at a safe distance from the burning machine, took up Sub-Lieutenant Smylie, in spite of the near approach of a party of the enemy, and returned to the aerodrome, a feat of airmanship that can seldom have been equalled for skill and gallantry.”

To read more of Richard Bell Davies’ story, visit the RBKC First World War Centenary web pages.  For the latest First World War commemorative events, visit the Armed Forces webpage

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