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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographs by Bernard Rose.