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Memorial offer for Blackburn VC winner
A BLACKBURN memorial maker has offered to donate a commemorative plaque to Stonyhurst College in memory of a former pupil who was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the First World War.
Under current government plans, Maurice Dease, a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, will be omitted from centenary commemorations because he was born in Coole, County Westmeath, Ireland.
He grew up in England from the age of eight.
Twenty-eight commemorative stones will be unveiled next year to honour those who won medals in 1914 and others will be laid in every year up to 2018.
Brent Stevenson, who owns Brent Stevenson Memorials in Blackburn, has offered to donate the piece in any design to the college if the government does not reverse its dec-ision.
Mr Stevenson, who has written to the college, said: “We would like to do our bit and whatever we can do to make sure that he is remembered in the right way. I think something like this needs to be recognised.”
Stonyhurst headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “It’s a very generous offer from him and it’s great that people want to get involved.
“I think it’s important that we wait for the response from the government before taking any further action ourselves.”
Lieutenant Dease, who was born in 1889, attended Stonyhurst College from 1903 to 1907, having previously studied in London, and died during the Battle of Mons on August 23 1914, aged 24.
He was awarded his VC after he continued to man his machine gun post after every other member of his section had been killed or wounded during the Battle of Mons.
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