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Victoria Cross winner’s grave to be restored

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The grave of a man who earned Britain’s highest military honour during the First World War is in line to be restored, thanks to £100,000 Government funding.

Private Tom Dresser, who spent his early years in Pickering, was presented with the Victoria Cross for most “conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty” near Roeux on May 12, 1917.

He was awarded the medal after carrying an important message from Battalion Headquarters, across no-man’s land to the front line of the trenches - despite being twice wounded on the way and suffering great pain.

“His fearlessness and determination to deliver the message at any cost proved of the greatest value to his Battalion at a critical period,” read his citation.

Private Dresser, who served with The Prince of Wales’ Own Yorkshire Regiment, survived his injuries and lived to the age of 90 where he was buried in Thornhill Cemetery, Middlesbrough.

Now his grave and those of other First World War heroes will now be repaired and restored thanks to the £100,00 funding which will help the Victoria Cross Trust to ensure that their final resting places are a truly fitting tribute to their sacrifice.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said: “This will make sure the graves of our Victoria Cross heroes become places to reflect on their selfless service to the nation.”

 

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