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Paving stones for WWI heroes

Special commemorative paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War as part of plans to mark the centenary of the conflict next year.

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Competition to design paving stones for VC heroes

Each paving stone will also have a QR reader, which people can scan using a smartphone to reveal details about the recipient. Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

A national competition will be held to design the centenary paving stones which will be placed in areas of the UK where Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War were born.

There will be 28 stones unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914, and other stones will be unveiled each year up until 2018.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, announcing the competition, said: "Laying paving stones to mark these Victoria Cross heroes will ensure that there is a permanent memorial to all the fallen who fought for our country."

He added the stones would "help residents understand how their area played its part in the Great War, and ensure memories of that sacrifice for British freedom and liberty are kept alive for generations to come."

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