News 2017

LSgt John Rhodes, VC, DCM and BAR - Memorial Service 9th October 2017

20 September 2017


On 9th October 1917 LSgt Rhodes, whilst in command of a Lewis Gun section, approached a German pillbox alone. He moved through enemy and friendly machine gun and shell fire and, with the Lewis gun, accounted for several of the enemy and took the pillbox and nine prisoners including an Observation Officer with important intelligence. For this outstanding act of bravery he was awarded The Victoria Cross. Prior to this he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice, on both occasions for conspicuous gallantry. Sadly he was killed in action, on 26th November, unaware of the award of The Victoria Cross.

To commemorate and recognise the achievements of this outstanding, courageous and highly decorated Grenadier, the city of his birth, Stoke-on-Trent, is conducting a memorial service and unveiling a memorial in his memory, at Stoke Minster. This will take place on the centenary anniversary of the above action 9th October 2017 at 1300hrs. Followed by a reception in the Town Hall, car park adjacent. All Grenadiers are welcome. The location is Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH.

For further information please contact me - the North Staffordshire Branch Secretary, David Robins - on 07968 037082. Thank you.




David Robins,


North Staffordshire Branch