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VC hero to be remembered in Kirton

Thursday (March 22) will see the centenary of the award of the Victoria Cross to a brave Kirton man marked with the laying of a memorial paving stone at Kirton War Memorial at 11am.

There will be a procession to the memorial from the town hall starting at 10.45am. The Yorkshire Regiment will be represented at the ceremony.

Sgt Harold Jackson received his VC from King George V at Buckingham Palace after single-handed action in which he flushed out the enemy and took a machine-gun out of action during the First World War.

The action took place at Hermies, France. But Sgt Jackson's war was not over until he was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, near Thiepval, Somme, France, on August 24, 1918, aged 26. His body was located in 1927, close to the same place where he had won his VC, and his ashes were interred at Flers.

He was the only person in the borough to be awarded the VC, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Jackson Drive in Kirton is named after him.

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Sgt Harold Jackson, the borough's only recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War