Vil­lage hon­ours its war he­roes

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO war he­roes will be hon­oured with com­mem­o­ra­tive paving plaques at a cer­e­mony next month.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has ar­ranged for the plaques to be laid at the Hare­field War Memo­rial on Tues­day, Novem­ber 4, in trib­ute to Robert Ed­ward Ry­der VC and Ce­cil John Kin­ross VC.

Both men were born in the vil­lage and were awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross, the high­est mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion for gal­lantry, dur­ing the First World War.

Fam­ily mem­bers of both men will at­tend the cer­e­mony, along with dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing Lance Sergeant John­son Be­harry VC, who, on March 18, 2005, was him­self awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for twice sav­ing mem­bers of his unit in Iraq.

Hare­field Vil­lage Green will join the Cen­te­nary Fields scheme, a na­tional ini­tia­tive aim­ing to pro­tect war memo­rial fields, parks and green spa­ces cre­ated in mem­ory of those who lost their lives dur­ing the First World War.

The project is run by the na­tional char­ity Fields in Trust, in part­ner­ship with The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

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NEVER FOR­GOT­TEN: Ce­cil John Kin­ross VC and Robert Ed­ward Ry­der VC

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