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World War One Hero Honoured in Home Village

A memorial stone has been unveiled to a County Durham war hero - a century after he received the Victoria Cross for bravery. George Burdon McKean, from Willington near Crook, single-handedly stormed an enemy trench during World War One. As Jonny Blair reports, he remains an inspiration in his home village:


First World War Hero Honoured in County Durham

A memorial stone was unveiled today to a Victoria Cross recipient. George Burdon McKean was born in the County Durham village of Willington. A dedication service was held there to mark 100 years since he was honoured for bravery, after single-handedly storming an enemy trench during World War One.

His relatives were also in attendance:

VJ 70th anniversary commemorations continue

A second day of commemorations will take place today in Belford, Northumberland, as part of a weekend of events to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

An exhibition based on the lives and experiences of prisoners of war will be on display at Belford Museum from 10am to 5pm this afternoon.

A memorial service is also due to take place at St Mary's Parish Church in the village at 3pm.

Nelglected war memorial finds new home

A long-forgotten war memorial commemorating Gateshead men who fell in the First World War will be re-erected this week-end, almost a century after the start of the war which took their lives.

Today (May 10, 2014), soldiers from 103 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Field Squadron Royal Engineers will build a raised garden in the graveyard at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead to provide a fitting location for a long-neglected memorial which has been out of the public eye for 50 years.

The two-tonne marble tablet was uncovered in 2006 in a corner of a council depot and sparked an investigation into where it had come from.

After a public appeal for information, it was eventually identified as a memorial from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church.


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