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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek backs appeal for statue to honour Halton Victoria Cross recipient

25 Feb 2011

Derek has backed the appeal to honour First World War Victoria Cross winner, Runcorn born Private Thomas 'Todger' Alfred Jones, with a statue in the town's memorial garden.

Private Jones was awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery during the Battle of Morval in 1916.  The London Gazette of 26th October 1916 recounted how, despite recieving shots through his coat and helmet, Private Jones killed a sniper and two further enemy soldiers before advancing on a trench and single handedly disarming 102 of the enemy who had been in occupation.  He then marched the surrended troops, under heavy fire, back towards the British trenches.

Speaking in support of the campaign, Derek said:

"This is a fitting tribute to a true war hero.  The records show that Private 'Tadger' Jones VC displayed extraordinary bravery in carrying out his duty and we should feel proud to be able to honour his life in the memorial garden"

 

For more information on 'Todger' Jones' story, please see the article published in Britain At War magazine:

http://www.britain-at-war-magazine.com/news/appeal-for-statue-to-honour-victoria-cross-recipient

 

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