War tributes set in stone for soldiers

HEROES TRIBUTE: Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and one of the VC paving stones that will feature in the For Valour exhibition.
HEROES TRIBUTE: Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and one of the VC paving stones that will feature in the For Valour exhibition.
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COMMEMORATIVE paving stones honouring County Durham’s First World War heroes will be at the centre of a new exhibition.

For Valour will pay tribute to seven Durham men who received the Victoria Cross for their actions during the conflict.

All our VC recipients performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing their own lives in the process. For Valour aims to honour and remember their bravery and sacrifice.

Cheryl Knight

The exhibition will be based around special stones, each of which is inscribed with the name of an individual soldier, their rank, regiment and the date of the action for which they received the VC.

They will be displayed at Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery next month, and will eventually be laid in the town or village where each soldier was born or brought up.

Cheryl Knight, Durham County Council’s museums, heritage and collection manager, said: “We’re very pleased to have taken delivery of the commemorative paving stones as they really do form the heart of the new exhibition.

“All our VC recipients performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing their own lives in the process.

“For Valour aims to honour and remember their bravery and sacrifice.”

The exhibition will also feature the stories of three soldiers who served with the Durham Light Infantry and received the VC, but were not born in the county.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy, and is the only award that can be made to any rank.

For Valour opens at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery next month.