Residents and visitors to the Royal Borough are invited to join the Council in remembering local war hero Humphrey Osbaldston Brooke Firman VC at a special ceremony on Monday 25 April.

Starting at 11am on the paved square outside South Kensington station, the focus of the ceremony will be the unveiling of a special paving stone to commemorate Firman’s action at the Siege of Kut on 24 April 1916, for which he received a Victoria Cross.

Born in Kensington on 24 November 1886, Humphrey Firman was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He was 29 when he volunteered to lead the crew of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve SS Julnar on a mission to get 270 tons of supplies through to forces besieged in Kut-el-Amara, in present day Iraq.

The unveiling is part of the nationwide campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War by laying commemorative paving stones in their birthplace on the centenary of their awards.

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