Paving stone laid for Tunbridge Wells war hero

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A Commemorative paving stone has been laid at Tunbridge Wells War Memorial in memory of First World War hero Major Eric Dougall VC MC.

The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount Philip De L’Isle, led a ceremony on Saturday [April 14] to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

Major Dougall was born and raised in Tunbridge Wells and attended Tonbridge School.

He served in the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War.

For his leadership and bravery, he won the Military Cross and the Victoria Cross. He was killed in action in Belgium, on April 14, 1918, aged 32.

The stone was laid as part of the Government’s First World War Centenary Campaign which has seen the paving stones laid at the birth towns of Victoria Cross recipients.

Mount Pleasant Road was closed off as scouts, guides and army groups marched alongside Town Hall for the address.

Dignitaries, including Mayor Julia Soyke, David Wakefield, President of Royal British Legion for Tunbridge Wells and Major David Joyce, of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, laid wreaths next to the paving stone.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military award and has been presented to 1,355 soldiers since being established in 1856.

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