Local wartime hero remembered

Residents of Newton Upon Derwent are to mark the bravery of a wartime hero from their village, with the unveiling of a special memorial plinth.

The Great War of 1914-1918 was so terrible and inflicted such large numbers of casualties on all sides that when it was over it was believed by many to be “The War to end All Wars”. By the end of four years of fighting from August 1914 to November 1918 many thousands of families around the world were affected by the tragedy of the wounding or loss of one of their own.

Harry Blanshard Wood was awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1918 – the only soldier from the East Riding of Yorkshire to receive the highest award for gallantry during World War One. On October 13, people from the village will remember hero Harry, whose actions saved the lives of many during the First World War. The Archbishop of York will be joining people from Newton Upon Rawcliffe on a special day for Harry’s family as well as the village itself. A civic reception, which includes a special service and military parade, will take place on the village’s only street at 12.30pm.

Read more at: https://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/village-to-honour-wartime-hero-100-years-on-1-9369732

 

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