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.

Gregg - Sergeant William (Bill)

Gregg – Sergeant William (Bill)

27 January 1890 – 10 August 1969 Bill was born in Tag Hill, Heanor, Derbyshire and worked as a miner ...
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Grimshaw - Corporal John Elisha

Grimshaw – Corporal John Elisha

20 January 1893 – 20 July 1980 John was born in Abram, near Wigan, Lancashire. He worked with his father ...
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Hackett - Sapper William (Youthey)

Hackett – Sapper William (Youthey)

11 June 1873 - 27 June 1916 William was born in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire. At the age of 18 he started ...
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Heaviside - Private Michael Wilson

Heaviside – Private Michael Wilson

15 October 1880 – 26 April 1939 Michael was born in St Giles, Durham and was employed as a miner ...
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Hunter - Corporal David Ferguson

Hunter – Corporal David Ferguson

28 November 1891 – 14 February 1965 David Hunter was born in Kingseat, Dunfermline and worked at Dean Colliery in ...
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Johnson - Sergeant William (Bill) Henry

Johnson – Sergeant William (Bill) Henry

15 October 1890 – 25 April 1945 William was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. He worked at Manton Colliery and was ...
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Kenealy - Private William Stephen (Keneally)

Kenealy – Private William Stephen (Keneally)

26 December 1886 – 29 June 1915:- William was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father was a military man and ...
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Kenny - Private Thomas

Kenny – Private Thomas

4 April 1882 – 29 November 1948:= Thomas was born at Hartbushes, Hutton Henry, South Wingate, County Durham. He worked ...
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Mariner - Private William John

Mariner – Private William John

29 May 1882 – 1 July 1916:- William was born in Chorley, Lancashire and worked as a miner and weaver ...
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McAulay - Sergeant John Ian

McAulay – Sergeant John Ian

27 December 1888- 14 January 1956:- John was born in Kinghorn, Fife and followed his father into the mines, before ...
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