Claude Nunney plaque unveiled
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
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.”