Worthing’s Victoria Cross war hero to be remembered with commemorative event
A brave British war hero is set to be remembered in a special ceremony, 100 years on from being awarded the nation’s highest military honour.
Montague Moore was born in Worthing in October 1896 and went on to lead a daring attack during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge in Ypres during September 1917.
After much of his force had been killed or wounded, Moore, who was known as Monty, led a force of just six people in capturing a German stronghold. He then held it for 36 hours under continuous shelling before leading his men to safety.
For dashing gallantry and cool determination he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace.
As part of a national programme of remembrance to mark the contribution of VC recipients during the Great War, a commemorative stone will be unveiled at his birthplace of 13 Montague Place, Worthing, on Sunday (September 24) at 11am.
The service, which will be led by Worthing Borough Council, will see members of Moore’s family carry out the unveiling.
Councillor Tom Wye, Worthing Borough Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Worthing has a long and proud tradition of honouring it’s servicemen and women so I’m delighted that we, as a town, can commemorate one of our true heroes in this way.
“Monty Moore’s story of determination, bravery and courage is one we can all learn from. I hope that laying this paving stone will ensure his remarkable story lives on.
“It is a fitting way of remembering not only one of the very bravest of men who fought in the Great War, but also the millions of people who sacrificed their lives for future generations in the conflict.”
As part of the UK Government’s First World War Centenary campaign, councils are being presented with a commemorative stone in the areas where First World War Victoria Cross recipients were born.
Moore’s stone is one of 469 which will have been put in place in communities across the UK by the end of next year
It is hoped that the stones will provide an enduring legacy of local heroes and enable residents to gain a greater understanding of the impact the war had on their community.
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