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    Weʼve raised £1,010 to go towards building a statue of Jack Harrison VC MC in Hull City Centre by walking from York to Hull less than 2yrs post amputation

    Funded on Tuesday, 4th October 2022

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    I left the British Army on medical grounds in 2009 after almost 15 years of service. I had knee surgey on leaving and developed a blood clot. 12 years later and i had my leg amputated to end the suffering. I needed to prove that the disability didnt define me after a number of complications. Ive now completed the national 3 peaks, gained a Guinness World Record and helped raise over £403,000 for charities since leaving the forces. I want to continue this so ive chosen to support this cause after a local hero whom i wish id been old enough to have met. On 2nd September we will walk through the night from York St John University where Jack was a teacher through to Hull to arrive at the MKM stadium in time for the Hull FC v Hull KR rugby League Derby. Im just a guy trying to get by and help others but read about Jack and you will see what a real hero truly is.

    Jack Harrison was a true hero in many facets of life. Born to a very humble background, he took exceptional to a new level.

    He was a rugby league hero, scoring a decisive try in the 1914 Challenge Cup Final, the first occasion that Hull FC won the most prestigious prize in rugby league, then went on to set the Hull FC club record of scoring 52 tries in a single season in 1914/15, a record that still stands now.

    Despite his reserved occupation as a teacher, Jack then volunteered in 1915 to sign up to fight in World War 1, he arrived on the frontline of the Battle of the Somme on 16th September 1916, and on 25th February 1917 he undertook an action, leading a patrol into No Man's Land under heavy fire, caught a German prisoner, and got every one of his men safely back to British lines, and was consequently awarded the Military Cross.

    Then on 3rd May 1917 Jack's East Yorkshire Regiment 11th (Tradesmen) Battalion were ordered into battle at Oppy Wood, Arras, Northern France, seeing his men being slaughtered by a particular machine-gun, Jack took it upon himself to run into No Man's Land, with the soul intention of knocking out the German gun, so his men could get to safety, armed with only two grenades and a pistol, Jack was seen to leap over the gun, taking out the crew as he did so, but tragically lost his life in the action, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the British Military.

    For his actions in the classroom, on the rugby pitch, and in the battlefield there are many of us who believe that Jack needs to be remembered in Hull City Centre, with a statue, and we're asking you to help.

    We know it's a lot of money that we need to raise, but we believe Jack is absolutely beyond worthy of this honour, we hope you agree. This is the reason why ive chosen to join the trust memberd and walk from York to Hull in Septembe. As an amputee its going to be a challenge but nothing compared to what Jack did at Oppy wood

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    Me and comrades raising a toast to fallen comrades on Ben Nevis Summit. 9 months post amputation



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      • Simon Cowan

        Simon Cowan

        Sep 18, 2022

        We’ll done guys. Great effort. Shame about what you were subjected to at the end of it!


      • Glenn Gelder

        Glenn Gelder

        Sep 6, 2022


      • Helen Winson

        Helen Winson

        Sep 5, 2022

        Keep up the good work


      • Eileen Little

        Eileen Little

        Sep 4, 2022

        Good luck, I'm sure that you will hit your target.Well doneto everyone.x


      • Kay


        Sep 4, 2022


      • Peter Goldthorpe

        Peter Goldthorpe

        Sep 4, 2022

        Great work, hope you reach your target.


      • Hayley Mansfield

        Hayley Mansfield

        Sep 4, 2022

        Great cause, amazing effort :)


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      Jon Hilton

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      Veteran who served almost 15 yrs in the Royal Engineers. Left in 2009 and had leg amputated 12 yrs later due to a blood clot. Life goal to raise money and help others

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