Grave of World War One hero from Willesden Green to be restored

Charless Garforth's headstone will be restored - stock image (Pic credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Charless Garforth's headstone will be restored - stock image (Pic credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire) - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The grave of a World War One hero from Willesden Green will be restored thanks to a government scheme honouring Victoria Cross winners.

Corporal Charles Garforth, who was awarded the accolade in recognition for acts of bravery, lies in the Wilford Hill Cemetery Crematorium in Nottingham.

His final resting place will be cleaned or replaced as Britain prepares to commemorate the landmark 100 year anniversary of the Great War.

The £100,000 project by the Department for Communities and Local Government will see the restoration of every headstone belonging to a soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during the war.

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, said: “An entire generation of men fought for Britain’s freedom in the First World War and all fought valiantly. The grave of a World War One war hero from Willesden Green will be restored thanks to a government scheme honouring Victoria Cross winners.


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Corporal Charles Garforth, who was awarded the accolade in recognition for acts of bravery, lies in the Wilford Hill Cemetery Crematorium in Nottingham.

His final resting place will be cleaned or replaced as Britain prepares to commemorate the landmark 100 year anniversary of the Great War.

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The £100,000 project by the Department for Communities and Local Government will see the restoration of every headstone belonging to a soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during the war.

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, said: “An entire generation of men fought for Britain’s freedom in the First World War and all fought valiantly. “As these men were honoured then for their extreme bravery on the battlefields, they should be honoured still.

“That is why I am privileged to offer more than £100,000 towards this project to ensure that their final resting places are venerated memorials where communities can pay their respects and learn about their local heroes.”

Last year, Cpl Garforth’s became the first soldier to have a paving stone laid to honour his heroism in the First World War.

His heroic acts included volunteering to cut wire under fire, allowing his squadron to escape.

He also rescued a sergeant trapped under his dead horse and carried him to safety.

He died in Nottingham at the age of 81 in 1973.

“As these men were honoured then for their extreme bravery on the battlefields, they should be honoured still.

“That is why I am privileged to offer more than £100,000 towards this project to ensure that their final resting places are venerated memorials where communities can pay their respects and learn about their local heroes.”

Last year, Cpl Garforth’s became the first soldier to have a paving stone laid to honour his heroism in the First World War.

His heroic acts included volunteering to cut wire under fire, allowing his squadron to escape.

He also rescued a sergeant trapped under his dead horse and carried him to safety.

He died in Nottingham at the age of 81 in 1973.

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