Newham

Victoria Cross Commemorative Stone Ceremonies

Five people from Newham received the VC during World War 1. We are honouring each of them by laying a special stone at the Cenotaph around the 100th anniversary of the act of bravery they received the award for.​​​

The first four stones have been laid:

The fifth stone will be laid in honour of Lieutenant Bernard Cassidy in March 2018.

Wednesday 28 March 2018
10.15 - 11.15am
The Cenotaph
Central Park
High Street South
East Ham, E6
Bernard was born in Canning Town on 17 August 1892. His family later moved to Victoria Dock. After joining the 2nd Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, Bernard saw action at Fampoux, east of Arras. During a final series of German offensives, Bernard was instructed to hold his position. He carried out his command to the letter. The enemy came in overwhelming numbers, but Bernard continually rallied his men. He gallantly fought on until he was killed on 28 March 1918.

Join us in remembering and honouring the bravery of Lieutenant Bernard Cassidy. This is the last of five special commemorative ceremonies held in Newham to honour the dates that five local heroes were awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry and valour in the face of the enemy.

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