Victoria Cross Stone Commemoration for Lincolnshire First World War hero

Date published: 15 May 2019
S Needham

A Victoria Cross Paving Stone Commemoration for local hero Samuel Needham will be taking place on 8 June in Great Limber.

Starting at 11am at St Peter’s Churchyard, the service will honour Needham, who was born in Great Limber.

Revd. Lee Gabel, who will be leading the service, said: "It is a privilege to honour a local war hero with the placing of the Victoria Cross memorial stone in St Peters churchyard. I am looking forward to marking this event in history with the commemoration service in Great Limber."

Needham was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery fighting in the Middle East during the First World War.

Needham’s actions on 10 September 1918, when his patrol group was attacked in Palestine, saved his patrol from certain destruction.

Tragically, Needham was killed by accidental gunshot on 4th November 1918 at Kantara in Egypt, where he was buried. The armistice that ended the First World War was signed seven days later.

A Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.

Commemorative stones were produced by the Government for each of the 628 recipients of the Victoria Cross in the UK, to mark the centenary of the start of the outbreak of the First World War.

The stones honour their bravery and provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities and enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story.

Cllr Owen Bierley, Ward Councillor for Caistor and Yarborough, said: “This service is a wonderful opportunity to remember the outstanding bravery of Samuel Needham, and to learn more about the powerful impact of individual actions taken by the people of Great Limber and nearby areas during the First World War.”

For those wishing to attend Samuel Needham’s commemoration service, the dress code for the day will be day dress for ladies (hats optional) and lounge suit for gentlemen.

There is parking available close to the church and light refreshments will be provided following the service. You are welcome to lay wreaths at the stone.

For more information about the event, call 01427 676686.

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