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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Military Monday: John Cornwell VC - with a personal linkl.

Jack Cornwell
 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 The medal  was originally made from the bronze cannon captured during the Crimean War (1854-1856).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".

Source:  http://www.naval-history.net/WW1MedalsBr-VC.htm

John was a keen scout in his home town and in his honour the Boy Scout Association instituted  the Cornwell Scout Badge, awarded for outstanding acts of  courage and endurance in the face of adversity.

There is a personal dimension to this story, for my husband received the badge in 1948 following three years illness  in hospital.


1 comment:

  1. what amazing courage John Cornwell showed, and at such a young age. Congratulations to Neil on being given this treasured award.


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