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'Jack' Harrison VC: Memorial stone dedicated

Jack Harrison VC's paving stone Image copyright Hull City Council
Image caption The stone is part of a national scheme for VCs awarded in World War One

A paving stone dedicated to a rugby league star who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross (VC) has been unveiled.

John "Jack" Harrison, who had a successful career with Hull FC, was given the VC in 1917 for actions under fire in France during World War One.

The stone will go on display in Hull History Centre before being placed at Sutton War Memorial on 7 May.

It is part of a scheme to recognise World War One recipients of the VC.

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Image caption Jack Harrison was awarded the VC after an attack at Oppy Wood

The display at the history centre will tell the story of Mr Harrison's life and the circumstances of his death in the 1914-18 war.

He was born on 12 November 1890 in east Hull and later became a teacher.

After joining Hull FC he scored 106 tries in 116 matches, including one in the 1914 Challenge Cup Final that the team won.

He played his final game for the team on 26 December 1916, having joined the 11th East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Tradesmen).

Mr Harrison, who was known as Jack, was awarded the Military Cross in February 1917 after leading a patrol to the German trenches on the Western Front during World War One.

His brigade was then involved in the attack at Oppy Wood on 3 May 1917 during which he lost his life, it was for this action he received a posthumous VC.

From the London Gazette VC citation for T/ 2nd Lieutenant John Harrison, MC

"This gallant officer... made a dash at the machine gun, hoping to knock out the gun and so save the lives of many of his company. His self-sacrifice and absolute disregard of danger was an inspiring example to all. "

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