Campaign underway to honour First World War hero in Wilberfoss

On a mission...Rev Marcus Ramshaw at the war memorial in Wilberfoss.
On a mission...Rev Marcus Ramshaw at the war memorial in Wilberfoss.

A First World War hero and Victoria Cross recipient has been left off a village war memorial, it has emerged.

A campaign has been launched to remember Harry Blanshard Wood, from Newton-on-Derwent, who was awarded Britain’s top gallantry medal in 1918 for his heroic efforts to lead a platoon of men under fire in a French village.

He was also awarded a Military Medal for his bravery during the war.

However, Cpl Wood is not among the names on the war memorial for the local area in the neighbouring village of Wilberfoss.

Reverend Marcus Ramshaw, of Wilberfoss, is leading the campaign to have Cpl Wood’s name added to the memorial.

See this Thursday’s paper (23 May) for more on this story.