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Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Published: 25th March 2018 14:02

As part of the Government's World War I Centenary programme, commemorative stones have been created for all five of Cheshire's VC recipients from that conflict.

A ceremony and service took place in Neston on Saturday March 24th, to unveil a commemorative stone for Lt Col Christopher Bushell VC, who was born in Neston in 1887 and died on the Somme on 8 August 1918. He is buried at Querrieu British cemetery in France.

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Many members of Lt Col Bushell's family attended, along with the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders, Mayor of Neston Cllr Pat Kynaston with the Junior Mayor Grace Jones, Deputy Junior Mayor Cameron McPhail and local councillors, including Louise Gittins and Nigel Jones. Also in attendance were representatives from the Surrey Regiment Museum.

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Replicas of all Lt Col Bushell's medals were on display in the church.

A church service before the unveiling of the stone was led by the Vicar of Neston, Alan Dawson. The Last Post was played by a member of the Port Lyceum Brass Band at the war memorial.

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

A planned road closure for the ceremony failed to materialise, but most motorists respected the occasion by slowing as they passed.

Dignitaries and family members were invited to join the Mayor for afternoon tea at the Town Hall after the event.

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Christopher Bushell's VC Commemorative Stone is Laid in Neston

Photographs by Bernard Rose.

 

 

 

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Poacher
At 07:19 on 23rd February 2018, Poacher commented:
Money very well spent....... Absolutely superb...
pingpong
At 14:59 on 28th February 2018, pingpong commented:
It would be nice during the ceremony to commemorate Lt Christopher Bushnell ceremony to mention also other Nesting soldiers that gave their lives in the great war. I lost 2 great uncles who were on the Cheshire regiment. GT uncle William Lewis, who died in Gollipoli in 1915 aged 20 and my GT uncle Thomas who was killed at Ypers in 1918.
collierman
At 14:42 on 3rd March 2018, collierman commented:
pingpong is absolutely correct – those from Neston who died in, or as a consequence of World War 1 deserve greater recognition. To this end I have spent much of the last 3½ years researching, and writing, the stories of these men - although 92 are commemorated in the Parish Church I have found 170 men with a significant Neston or Burton connection. Whilst this is still a ‘work in progress’ I am hoping to get it completed, and produced, within the next 4 – 5 months; at around 1700 pages in total, this is a significant work and one that can’t be bulk-printed. However, a paper copy (it will span 7 volumes) will be made for Neston Library and it should be possible to produce versions of the whole work on DVD. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible in the immediate future to put the whole of this work on an existing website.
Concerning the Lewis family, there were actually three relatives who died – as well as Thomas and William, who were brothers, a cousin (also Thomas) died.
Whilst I have not yet put out a ‘public appeal’ for locals to volunteer information for this work – I will be doing this in the next few weeks – I hope that pingpong, and anyone who has any information on ancestors who died (although I have a considerable amount of information on men who served, but survived, I will leave it to others to write their stories!) - will contact me on the following email address. I will happily email what I have written, on an individual, to anyone who contacts me and can contribute information or assist with the record for that man. As an indication of the type of record I am producing for each of the men who died have a look at two of the accounts, for Christopher Bushell and William [‘Billy’] La Touch Congreve, our two local WW1 VCs, on the Neston Past website ( http://www.nestonpast.com/) – click the First World War link on the left of the home screen.

Ian L. Norris hometownheroesneston@gmail.com
Louise g
At 09:57 on 27th March 2018, Louise g commented:
Hi Ian the work you are doing sounds amazing. I have sent you an email with some information about how you can link into to some of the work we are doing across Cheshire west to commemorate the ending of World War One. I have spoken to our archives manager who is very interested in your work too
Hope this ok
Louise (Louise.gittins@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)
David L
At 03:15 on 29th March 2018, David L commented:

I too lost a member of my family.He was my grandfather Jack [john]Cartmel of Neston.I never got to know or meet him as he died of Mustard Gas that destroyed his lungs so badly that the only way he could sleep was in the open air.He spent most of his life sleeping in what was then the Laundry fields between Neston and the Dee.Thanks to him and men like him we still enjoy a good life........Dave Lowans in CANADA

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