Unlikely hero’s name to live on

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A WIGAN hero from the Great War is to have a lasting memorial in his hometown.

Victoria Cross recipient Lieutenant-Colonel John Elisha Grimshaw will have a housing development in Abram named in his honour, close to where he was born.

Lt-Col John Grimshaw VC

Lt-Col John Grimshaw VC

Lt-Col Grimshaw was awarded the military honour - the highest form of decoration - for his actions during the Gallipolo landings in April 1915. He is the second borough VC recipient to be honoured in the way, following on from Wilkinson Park Drive in Bickershaw was named after Private Alfred Wilkinson last year. A further two VC winners will also have streets named after them in the next few years.

Granddaughter Joan Ure, who now lives in Suffolk, said: “He retained a strong Lancashire accent all his life and lived a quiet life with his wife Maggie.

“He was a very young recruit during the Gallipoli conflict. In later years I think that he reflected on the huge loss of so many young lives and it did cause him some sense of sadness.

“I was delighted to hear that Wigan Council were to name a street after my late grandfather. In many ways

he was a most unlikely hero and certainly he didn’t consider that he had been particularly brave.”

A ceremony to unveil new signs for the housing development on Warrington Road will be held on Friday March 27 with members of Lt-Col Grimshaw’s family and representatives of his regiment the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in attendance.

To mark 100 years since the First World War, Wigan Council has pledged a series of memorial events to honour borough veterans until 2018.

Council leader Lord Smith said: “This is a fitting tribute and will ensure that the name of John Grimshaw and what he did for his country will live on for many years to come.

“As part of our centenary commemorations we have a wide range of events and projects to recognise and remember those who defended our country with valour and remember the sacrifices endured.”