Today I witnessed the laying of a commemorative paving slab at the Camberley War Memorial. The paving stone commemorates the Victoria Cross awarded to Captain Garth Walford in WW1, and its location is respectful and fitting.
Such paving slabs are an initiative of the Department of Communities and Local Government to commemorate recipients of the Victoria Cross during the First World War as part of the commemorations of the centenary of Word War 1. The design of the stone was described by,
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today, Monday 4 November 2013, unveiled the design of the paving stone which will commemorate recipients of the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
Charlie MacKeith from London was announced as the winner of the main paving stone competition. His circular design seeks to ‘make one pause and remember’ and uses the material, form and lettering of the family of memorials used by the War Graves Commission, bringing this well understood layout into cities, towns and villages across the United Kingdom.
It will be set in stone in over 400 communities across the United Kingdom to commemorate those First World War soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’.
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