Vil­lage trib­ute to its Vic­to­ria Cross he­roes

Spe­cial guests and fam­i­lies at­tend un­veil­ing of plaques for WW1 fallen

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AS THE sun shone weakly through au­tumn mist, mem­bers of two fam­i­lies were joined by civic and mil­i­tary dig­ni­taries to com­mem­o­rate two war he­roes.

Robert Ed­ward Ry­der and Ce­cil John Kin­ross, two ‘sons’ of Hare­field who re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross dur­ing the First World War, have been hon­oured with en­graved plaques, which were un­veiled at the vil­lage war memo­rial on The Green on Tues­day last week.

Also at the cer­e­mony was Lance Sergeant John­son Be­harry VC, who, on March 18, 2005, was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross for twice sav­ing mem­bers of his unit in Iraq.

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, which ar­ranged the in­stal­la­tions, said: “It is im­por­tant to recog­nise Hilling­don’s her­itage and those who have been part of our com­mu­nity.

“The Vic­to­ria Cross was awarded 628 times for ac­tion in the First World War and it is there­fore re­mark­able that two of the re­cip­i­ents were born in the same vil­lage.

“Their acts of brav­ery are some­thing Hare­field and Hilling­don should be very proud of.”

For a full gallery of pic­tures from the day, please go to www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk

by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

■ PROUD MO­MENT: The Ry­der and Kin­ross fam­i­lies with the Mayor of Hilling­don and other guests Photo

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