Wednesday, 5 January 2011

New images of VC hero are revealed

IN UNIFORM ... James Clarke, back left, and some of his comrades from the Western front
Unseen photographs of Rochdale's Victoria Cross hero James Clarke show him proudly displaying his medal.
Old photos of the First World War hero have been given to the Observer by Mr Clarke's great-grandson Richard.

Richard, who lives in Redditch, said: "The group shot in uniform I presume is of his regiment and James Clarke is on the back row at the end of the left side.

"The other photo was when he was invited to a VC dinner in London by the Prince of Wales in 1929. You will notice he is wearing his VC on his left lapel."

Regimental Sergeant Major James Clarke was awarded the medal for outstanding courage while commanding a platoon of the 6th Rochdale of Lancashire Fusiliers on November 2, 1918, when he came under heavy machine gun fire in the French trenches of the Western Front.

Read More: Manchester Evening News

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