Weʼre raising £30,000 to help fund a statue to mark both the centenary of the First World War and also to remember Norman Harvey VC, recipient of the Victoria Cross.
- Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
- Local community
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2018 marks the centenary since the end of the First World War. In Newton-le-Willows, over 300 people were killed during this time.
One our local residents, Norman Harvey, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for;
"most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Ingoyghen on the 25th October, 1918, when his battalion was held up and suffered heavy casualties from enemy machine guns. On his own initiative he rushed forward and engaged the enemy single-handed, disposing of twenty enemy and capturing two guns. Later, when his company was checked by another enemy strong point, he again rushed forward alone and put the enemy to flight.
Subsequently, after dark, he voluntarily carried out, single-handed; an important reconnaissance and gained valuable information. Pte. Harvey throughout the day displayed the greatest valour, and his several actions enabled the line to advance, saved many casualties, and inspired all."
Norman Harvey returned to Newton-le-Willows after the first war. He then enlisted with the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of World War Two and was tragically killed in actions near Haifa, Israel in 1941. He buried in Israel.
In 2014, Newton and Earlestown Community Group and St Helens Council installed a "Remembrance Meadow" in Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows. As Norman Harvey VC has no local grave, we are hoping to place the statue in the centre of the poppy meadow in 2018 to mark the end of the First World War.
We have already secured some funding from St Helens Borough Council and are seeking to raise the rest by public donations.
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