Newham

Commemorative stone for World War I hero Edgar Myles to be unveiled

30 March 2016 in Events
A commemorative stone marking the heroic actions which saw Second Lieutenant Edgar K. Myles from East Ham awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I is to be unveiled next month.
​A special ceremony is to take place at the Central Park Cenotaph, East Ham, on Monday 11 April as part of Newham Council’s commitment to honour those from the borough who received the medal during the 1914-1918 conflict.

The special stone will be unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Newham, Councillor Lester Hudson, and Ian Newson who is a relative of Second Lieutenant Myles.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award for gallantry a member of the British and Commonwealth military services can achieve.

In total five people from Newham received the VC during World War I, and a stone will be laid at the Central Park Cenotaph for each of them around the 100th anniversary of the act of bravery they received their award for.

Second Lieutenant Myles was awarded the VC for attempting to help relieve the under siege town of Kut in Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, on 9 April 1916.

On several occasions he went out alone under heavy fire to assist wounded men who were lying in the open. He managed to carry one injured officer to safety despite being wounded himself in the process.

Bob Stokes, Poppy Appeal Organiser from the East Ham branch of the Royal British Legion will provide the Victoria Cross citation at the event and chaplain to the Royal British Legion The Reverend Fred Ashford-Okai will bless the stone.
 
Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, which will be attended by school children from across the borough and the Deputy Chief of Staff London District, Colonel John Grinstead. A number of wreathes will also be placed at the Central Park Cenotaph as part of the ceremony.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “It is only right we mark the bravery of Second Lieutenant Myles and all the servicemen from Newham who received a Victoria Cross for their selfless actions during World War I.

“Their extraordinary stories of heroism should act as a lasting inspiration to all of us.  These memorial stones will be a permanent tribute to their actions.

“They will also provide a fitting reminder of how everyone in Newham is rightly proud of their actions.”

It is the second commemorative stone to be laid at the Central Park Cenotaph. A stone honouring Midshipman George L. Drewry from Forest Gate was unveiled in April 2015.

The service will run between 10.15am and 11.15am.