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Paving stone will honour VC hero from Great War

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 24, 2013

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FIRST World War hero Sergeant Albert Egerton VC, who spent his final days in Blythe Bridge, is to have a specially-designed paving stone laid in his memory.

Sgt Egerton was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was buried with a fully military guard of honour at St Peter’s Church, Forsbrook, in 1966.

Sgt Egerton was just 19 years old and a corporal with the Sherwood Forresters, when his act of courage on the battlefields of Belgium on September 20, 1917, led to gaining the highest honour bestowed on a British or Commonwealth soldier. Sgt Egerton went on to serve with the Home Guard during the Second World War.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Sherwood Forresters Museum in Nottingham Castle. A total of 454 VC recipients from the Great War will have commemorative paving stones installed in their home town to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict next year.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Laying paving stones to mark these heroes will ensure there is a permanent memorial to all the fallen who fought for their country.” It is thought the stone honouring Sgt Edgerton will be laid at his birthplace of Longton.

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