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Memorial stone laid in memory of a Dartmouth war hero

THE sun shined down on the unveiling of a commemorative stone laid in honour of a First World War hero awarded the Victoria Cross.
The memorial stone was unveiled in Dartmouth’s Royal Avenue Gardens on Wednesday, in honour of Cpl Theodore Veale.
On July 20, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, when he was still a private, he travelled into no man’s land to rescue a wounded officer.
The unveiling was led by Cllr Peter Smerdon, chairman of South Hams Council, who said: ‘We are here to honour the 100th anniversary of the award of the Victoria Cross to Private Theodore Veale, 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regi­ment.
‘He was born in Dartmouth and was the first man in the town to volunteer for the army at the outbreak of the war.
‘He won his VC for courage and determination of the highest order while rescuing an officer under enemy fire at the height of the Battle of the Somme.’
Cllr Smeardon explained that 469 commemorative stones were being laid across Britain from 2014, 100 years since the first Victoria Cross was awarded, to 2018, when the last VC?of the First World War was won.
Dartmouth mayor Cllr Rob Lyon then spoke to members of the public, the son-in-law and granddaughter of Cpl Veale, the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, Rear Admiral Robin Shiffner, the Devon High Sheriff, members of the Royal British Legion and the Devon and Dorset Regiment Association, military representatives and Britannia Royal Naval College Captain Henry Duffy.
Cllr Lyons said it was a ‘great honour’ to be at the unveiling, to remember an ‘act of outstanding heroism by one of Dartmouth’s sons’.

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