Memorial stone for district’s hero

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A First World War hero from the Daventry district who won the Victoria Cross is to be honoured with a commemorative paving stone.

Henry Reynolds, from Whilton, was awarded the highest military decoration for bravery in 1917.

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), announced a project to help local authorities honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War in their area by laying a commemorative paving stone.

The paving stones will be paid for by the Government and given to councils across the country where the Victoria Cross recipients were born as a symbol of the centenary of the Great War.

Captain Reynolds, who was born in Whilton, received the Victoria Cross for showing gallantry under heavy fire in Belgium on September 20, 1917. He had already been awarded the Military Cross.

In recognition of his bravery, DDC will arrange a suitable site for the paving stone to be laid in September, 2017.

Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “We are delighted to support this project in honour of the brave recipients of the Victoria Cross during the First World War as the centenary of the start of the war fast approaches. Cpt Henry Reynolds was born in our district and was one of those brave men, and we look forward to laying a commemorative stone to recognise his courage in 2017.”

Cpt Reynolds continued to serve with the Army until 1927. After leaving he lived in southern England and worked in a care home set up for veterans of the war who had been left with mental health problems.

He died in Surrey in 1948 at the age of 64. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh Castle.

A national competition to design the paving stones that will be used across the country has been launched, entries need to be submitted electronically to VCdesigncomp@communities.gsi.gov.uk. The deadline is 5pm on Friday, October 4, 2013.