Claude Nun­ney plaque un­veiled

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Staff Glen­garry’s only Vic­to­ria Cross win­ner, Claude Nun­ney, was hon­oured July 19 – the 125th an­niver­sary of his birth – with the un­veil­ing of an English Her­itage Blue Plaque in his Bri­tish home­town.

Hast­ings mayor Judy Rogers un­veiled the marker, which is af­fixed to the orig­i­nal house, at 447 Bex­hill Road, St. Leonard­son-Sea, Hast­ings, Sus­sex, where the for­mer North Lan­caster res­i­dent was born in 1892.

Mr. Nun­ney’s el­dest brother, William, along with Hast­ings coun­cil­lor Andy Pat­more and Peter Silk – the lat­ter two men co­or­di­nated the plaque ded­i­ca­tion event – were on hand for the cer­e­mony.

Mr. Silk, a St. Leonards-on-Sea res­i­dent, has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about Claude Nun­ney over the past two decades.

Re­search­ing the life and mil­i­tary ca­reer of the only First World War Cana­dian ser­vice­man to re­ceive the Vic­to­ria Cross, the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal (DCM) and the Mil­i­tary Medal ( MM) has brought him to Canada – no­tably, Alexan­dria, Lan­caster, and Ot­tawa – on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Those years of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion were re­warded at the July 19 cer­e­mony.

“I can hardly be­lieve af­ter all th­ese years it came to fruition,” Mr. Silk posted on Face­book fol­low­ing the event. “A dream come true to rec­og­nize a coura­geous sol­dier and a na­tive of Hast­ings.”

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