Thursday, 11 May 2017

Honoured - hero George who stood on grenade to save brothers in arms - Southwark News

Honoured - hero George who stood on grenade to save brothers in arms - Southwark News
... Nearly 100 years to the day since his death, tributes have been paid to perhaps the bravest man to have ever come from Kennington.
A memorial service to celebrate the achievements of World War One hero and Victoria Cross recipient Corporal George Jarratt, was held at Kennington Park on May 5, in which a ceremonial paving stone was unveiled in his honour.
George was born in Kennington on July 20, 1891, and lived in White Hart Street. ... News of the violence, and the bravery George displayed, quickly became public knowledge back in Britain, and among his old friends and family in Kennington. ... Speaking after the ceremony last week at the Civilian War Memorial Path in Kennington Park, George’s grandson Terry Harwood told of how he had grown up hearing the story from their grandmother Gertrude.
Terry and his two brothers were raised in Romford by George’s daughter Joyce, who was also born in Kennington. The 69-year-old told the News: “As children we were aware of our grandfather because we had his Victoria Cross at home. I remember it well.” ...

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