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Military Monday: John Cornwell VC - with a personal linkl.
On September 16th 1916, "The Times" newspaper reported on the Victoria Cross being awarded to a young sailor John Travers Cornwell for a conspicuous act of bravery whilst on board HMS Chester during the Battle of Jutland.
The Victoria Cross (VC), born in the carnage of the Crimean War is the highest award available to the armed forces for gallantry in action in the face of the enemy. The medal was originally made from the bronze cannon captured during the Crimean War (1854-1856).
The citation for John Cornwell read " Mortally wounded early in the action, Boy, First Class, John Travers Cornwell remained standing alone at a most exposed post, continuing to service his gun, until the end of the action, with the gun's crew dead and wounded all round him. His age was under sixteen".