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Suffolk market town honours famous son

Drummer Spencer Bent Photo: Family photo

The town of Stowmarket in Suffolk has been honouring its most famous son.

Almost 100 years to the day since Spencer Bent's bravery at the battle of Ypres, a special ceremony has been held to officially recognise his heroism.

Service personnel at the ceremony in Stowmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia

A memorial stone has been unveiled in his home town. In November 1914, Drummer Bent demonstrated such gallantry in rescuing wounded comrades that he was rewarded with the Victoria Cross.

Memorial unveiled in Stowmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia

Despite being wounded himself, he survived the war. He died in 1977, aged 86. His grandchildren travelled from their homes in Cornwall and Cumbria to Stowmarket to be part of the ceremony.

Spencer Bent's grandchildren Caroline Little and Stephen Barker Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's wonderful that Stowmarket is remembering him. We're very proud and he would have been very proud too.

– Caroline little, Spencer Bent's grandaughter

He would have done what needed to be done and probably, when many others around him didn't know what to do, he just got on and did his job.

– Spencer Bent's grandson, Stephen Barker
Medals worn by Spencer Bent's grandaughter Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is said that Spencer Bent was just 12-years-old when he signed up, convincing Army officials that he was actually 14.

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