Pupils from local primary schools joined the Mayor of Wellingborough at a special ceremony on Tuesday (30 October) to commemorate the town’s war hero, Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Malcolm Ward, officially unveiled the Victoria Cross Paving Stone at Swanspool Gardens.
Pupils were asked to research a World War One war service man or woman from the local area and add this to a fact sheet which will be displayed in Swanspool Gardens, until after Remembrance Sunday. Pupils from the schools taking part joined officers and members from the council, along with dignitaries, in unveiling the commemorative stone and heard about the life of Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock.
To celebrate the centenary of the First World War, the Borough Council of Wellingborough established a World War One Working Party, which commissioned the Victoria Cross Paving Stone at Swanspool Gardens, so that members of the local community can remember the life of Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock. This monument commemorates war heroes who were awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross, which was awarded to in recognition of bravery of the first order in Aerial combat from 17 June – 22 July 1918
Although he was not born in the borough, Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock moved to Wellingborough by the age of 24 where he became an active member of the community.
Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, said: “Wellingborough is rich in history and culture making it a place for us all to be proud of. We wish to commemorate the past sacrifices made by brave service men and women and celebrate the present and future of our wonderful borough.”
Cllr Jon-Paul Carr, Chairman of the World War One Working Party, said: “Communities across the country are coming together to commemorate the centenary of the First Word War. The World War One Working Party aims to remember those brave service men and women from our borough, and the Victoria Cross Paving Stone celebrates Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock, who spent much-time in our town before heading to war.”