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VC winner honoured on centenary of his WW1 death

Nicola Goodwin

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Exactly a century after he was killed in World War One, the only Herefordshire-born soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross has been honoured today.

The top of the statue
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Allan Leonard Lewis took part in the final allied push to break the German Hindenburg Line but was killed on 21 September 1918.

Today, a bronze statue of him was unveiled at the Old Market shopping centre with full military honours and a plaque in his memory was also unveiled at Hereford Cathedral.

Paving stone honours Bristol VC hero

A special paving stone has been laid today to commemorate a Bristol man awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in World War One.

The stone for Lt. Col Daniel Burges was laid at St Peter’s Church in Castle Park, as part of a nationwide campaign to honour First World War Victoria Cross recipients.

He is one of eight VC holders with Bristol connections.

Lt. Col Burges, who grew up in Clifton and Brislington, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Doiran on this day, 100 years ago.

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Exhibition remembers town's World War One volunteers

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Photo of servicemen from Ilfracombe who volunteered to fight in the World War One
Ilfracombe Museum

A photographic exhibition is showing the images of hundreds of local servicemen together for the first time in a century.

Ilfracombe Faces of War is displaying the photos of sailors and soldiers which volunteered in World War One and left the north Devon town to be posted around the world.

A town official first exhibited the collection as the men and two nurses left to do their war service.

It was used at the time as a recruitment campaign but is now also a record of their bravery.

Sara Hodson is manager of Ilfracombe Museum....

Search for war heroes to mark WW1 centenary

An appeal to find the relatives of West Midlands Police officers, killed in World War One, has been launched.

Corrine Brazier
West Midlands Police

A total of 650 officers from Birmingham City Police, Coventry City Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and Walsall Borough Police enlisted to serve in the 1914-1918 war, with 145 of them killed.

Relatives are to be invited to a new roll of honour, commissioned by the police benevolent fund, to mark the centenary of the war this year.

We would love to find out about the person behind the name and are asking direct descendants to get in touch to share their stories and their photos."

Corrine BrazierWest Midlands Police Heritage Project