Private James Towers VC

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Reference WMO/284264

Address:

War Memorial Garden

Garstang Road

Broughton-in-Amounderness

PR3 5JB

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Plaque explaining the activities of Private James Towers which resulted in him being awarded the Victoria Cross. Positioned within the memorial area of the Broughton-In-Amounderness (Lancashire) War Memorial.
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BROUGHTON IN AMOUNDERNESS/ Pte James Towers VC 2nd Battalion/ The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 1897-1977/ Private James Towers lived at Church Farm, Broughton from 1907-1928, where his parents James and Betty farmed./ He married Ethel Birchall in 1928 at St John Baptist Church. He moved to Sandyforth Lane in 1928/ setting up a milk round from his smallholding servicing the Broughton area and beyond./ He named the property 'Mericourt' and lived here until his death in 1977./ On the 6th October 1918, Private James Towers,/ actions led to the award of the Victoria Cross, the citation reads:/ For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Mericourt on 6 October 1918 when/ under heavy fire, five runners having failed to deliver an important message, Private Towers,/ well aware of the fate of the runners who had already attempted the task, volunteered for the/ duty. In spite of heavy fire opened on him as soon as he moved, he went straight through from/ cover to cover and eventually delivered the message. His valour, determination and utter/ disregard of danger were an inspiring example to all.

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