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Leeds Victoria Cross soldier honoured with memorial stone

Capt David Phillip Hirsch Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Capt Hirsch, from Headingley, served in France with the Yorkshire Regiment

A paving stone dedicated to a soldier who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross (VC) for "the greatest devotion to duty" has been unveiled.

Capt David Philip Hirsch, from Leeds, was given the medal for what became known as The Second battle of the Scarpe in April 1917.

The dedicated paving stone is at St Chad's Church war memorial in Far Headingley.

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

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Capt Hirsch, from Weetwood Grove in Headingley, served in France with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.

His reaction to a German assault on a British position was described by the London Gazette as "a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty".

Capt Hirsch, 20, lost his life in the battle after he was wounded twice, but by then he had established a defensive rank against the German offensive.

Councillor Jack Dunn, of Leeds City Council, said seeing some of Capt Hirsch's family at the ceremony was "extremely poignant".

Image copyright LKeeds City Council
Image caption The paving stone is at St Chad's war memorial in Far Headingley

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