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Victoria Cross Heroes Graves to be Restored in Dorset

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8:07am 28th April 2014

Did you know, there are 4 World War One heroes buried in Dorset who hold the highest military honour available for bravery in battle?

Soldiers buried at Powerstock, Weymouth, Swanage and Beaminster have all received the Victoria Cross.

And the Government has announced their graves are going to be restored to mark this year's centenary of the First World War.

£100,000 is being spent nationwide to clean-up the resting sites of our most decorated  war heroes.

Lt Victor Crutchley (HMS Vindictive) born Lennox Gardens, London, is buried at St Mary's in Powerstock, Rev Edward Mellish (Army Chaplain's Department) born Barnet, London, is buried at Weymouth Crematorium, PO Ernest Mellish (Army Chaplain's Department) alson born Barnet, London, is buried at Weymouth Crematorium, and 2Lt William Rhodes-Moorhouse (Army Co-operation Squadron Royal Flying Corps) born in knightsbridge London is buried at Parnham House in Beaminster.

The grave of Pte Jack Counter of The King's Liverpool Regiment who was born Blandford Forum but is buried at St Saviour's, St Helier, Jersey will also be refurbished.

Victoria Cross Trust founder Gary Stapleton told Wessex FM, "It is amazing that the Government has finally recognised the vital work that we do and have backed us with this money. It is a massive boost that will help us transform graves in this special year marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has backed the campaign for restoration work, he said, "An entire generation of men fought for Britain's freedom in the First World War and all fought valiantly. But for hundreds of those men their bravery was of such an exceptional nature they were bestowed with the highest military award, the Victoria Cross. As these men were honoured then for their extreme bravery on the battlefields, they should be honoured still. That is why I am privileged to offer more than £100,000 towards this project to ensure that their final resting places are venerated memorials where communities can pay their respects and learn about their local heroes."

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