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.

Stone - Gunner Charles Edwin

Stone – Gunner Charles Edwin

4 February 1889 – 29 August 1952:- Charles was born in Ripley, Derbyshire and worked as a miner, first at ...
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Wakenshaw - Private Adam Herbert

Wakenshaw – Private Adam Herbert

9 June 1914 – 27June 1942 Adam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and worked as a miner at Elswick ...
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Williams - Company Sergeant Major John Henry (Jack)

Williams – Company Sergeant Major John Henry (Jack)

29 September 1886 – 7 March 1953:- Jack was born in Nantyglo, Monmouth and worked as a blacksmith at Cwm ...
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Wilson - Private George

Wilson – Private George

29 April 1886 – 22 April 1926:- George Wilson was born in Edinburgh. Whilst in the Reservists he worked at ...
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Woodcock - Private Thomas

Woodcock – Private Thomas

19 March 1988 – 27 March 1918:- Thomas was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester. At the age of 14 he ...
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Youll - Temporary 2nd Lieutenant John Scott (Jack)

Youll – Temporary 2nd Lieutenant John Scott (Jack)

6 June 1897 – 27 October 1918:- Jack was born in Thornley, County Durham. He worked as an apprentice electrician ...
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Young - Private Thomas

Young – Private Thomas

28 January 1895 – 15 October 1966:- Thomas Young was born as Thomas Morrell on 28 January 1895 in Boldon, ...
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