Honouring St Helens’ WWI Victoria Cross winners

St Helens Council is looking to contact family members of local soldiers
who were awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during the First World War, in
order to include them in future plans to acknowledge and commemorate their honoured relatives.

The council knows of four WWI V.C. winners who came from, or who settled with their families in St Helens:

John (Jack) Molyneux V.C. Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
John Thomas Davies V.C. Corporal, 11th (S) Battalion, South Lancashire
Norman Harvey V.C. Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Frederick William Hall V.C. Company Sergeant Major, 8th Battalion, 90th
Winnipeg Rifles

Armed Forces Champion and the council’s Cabinet Member for Transport,
Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said:

“It’s important to us that we include family members as we look to
recognise these most worthy Victoria Cross winners, as part of the
continuing World War I Centenary commemorations. In this way, we can be sure that any information we record about these heroic men within our
commemoration activities is correct.

“By looking back and remembering we can leave a legacy for future
generations and a lasting testimony of our gratitude; not only to these
four heroes, but to the thousands of brave men and women from our borough who have given their lives in conflicts, and those who continue to protect the safety of our country today.”

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for gallantry
and valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of the armed forces of
various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

If you are a relative or descendant of one of the WWI V.C. heroes, and
would like to be involved in future plans to acknowledge and commemorate your ancestor then please contact St Helens Council on 01744676789 or via contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk, and ask to speak with Simon Cousins, the council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant Support Officer.