Victoria Cross

The National Miners’ Memorial will honour all of the miners that worked in the UK coal industry for over four hundred and fifty years, but a special tribute will be paid to those men who fought in the two World Wars and, particularly highlighting those who, for their exceptional bravery were awarded the Victoria Cross. Their courage and sacrifice will be remembered in a book that will be published in conjunction with the memorial, but here are some details of those VC winners which includes the citations of their wartime actions and their mining background.

Chapman - Corporal Edward Thomas

Chapman – Corporal Edward Thomas

13 January 1920 – 3February 2002 Edward was born in Pontlottyn, Glamorgan and worked as a miner at Ogilvie Colliery ...
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Collins - Corporal John (Jack)

Collins – Corporal John (Jack)

10 September 1880 – 3 September 1951:- John Collins, known as Jack, was born in Bickenhall, Somerset. At the age ...
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Davies - Corporal James Llewellyn

Davies – Corporal James Llewellyn

16 March 1886 – 31 July 1917:- James was born in Ebbw Vale, Glamorgan and was employed as a miner ...
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Dobson - Private Frederick William (Billy)

Dobson – Private Frederick William (Billy)

9 November 1886 – 15 November 1935:- Frederick, known as Billy, was born in Ovingham, near Newcastle upon Tyne. In ...
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Dunsire - Private Robert Anderson

Dunsire – Private Robert Anderson

24 November 1891 – 30 January 1916 Robert was born in East Wemyss, Buckhaven, Fife. He worked as a miner ...
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Edwards - Private Wilfred Claude

Edwards – Private Wilfred Claude

16 February 1893 – 2 January 1972 Wilfred was born in Norwich but moved to Wortley, Leeds with his mother ...
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Egerton - Corporal Ernest Albert

Egerton – Corporal Ernest Albert

10 November 1897 – 14 February 1966 Ernest was born in Longton, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He was employed by Florence ...
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Fuller - Lance Corporal Wilfred Dolby

Fuller – Lance Corporal Wilfred Dolby

28 July 1893 – 22 November 1947 Wilfred was born at East Kirkby (Kirkby-in-Ashfield), Nottinghamshire He was a keen footballer, ...
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Fynn - Private James Henry (Finn)

Fynn – Private James Henry (Finn)

24 November 1893 – 30 March 1917 James Finn was born in Truro, Cornwall and was one of 11 children ...
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Greaves - Acting Corporal Fred

Greaves – Acting Corporal Fred

16 May 1890 – 11 June 1973 Fred was born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire. He was employed as a miner at ...
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