Grimsby _ Jack Cornwell V.C. Plaque

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Town Hall Square


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: ONE of Grimsby's adopted sons has been re-remembered thanks to the endeavour and commitment of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Civic Society. John Cornwell, pictured below, a Royal Navy volunteer during the First World War and originally from London, is the youngest person ever – at the age of 16 – to be awarded the Victoria Cross. 1. He died in the old Grimsby Hospital on June 2, 1916, from wounds received during the Battle of Jutland – in which he heroically held his own against enemy gunfire. In Grimsby, a public subscription raised £1,387 to install a bed and plaque in his honour, but both are believed to have been removed when the present Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital was built. All was not lost however, as president of the Civic Society, Dr Alan Dowling, and fellow member David Cowell, with the help of hospital staff, tracked the plaque down. It was found gathering dust in the maintenance department and has now been moved to a new home at Grimsby Town Hall, where it can be viewed alongside other war plaques in all its glory. In the build-up to National Civic Day on June 25, this is another important achievement by the society, which "without feeling the need to make a song and dance about their actions", in the words of the president, must feel quietly proud of successfully completing a "local good deed". It has also been something of a personal journey for Mr Cowell, whose uncle Jim Cowell was nursed in the John Cornwell bed, located in the old Yarborough ward, after sustaining a serious leg injury while playing football. Grimsby Telegraph, June 17 2011
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