AFCF Project - Maintaining the Memories Finishes on a High - Walter Parker VC

George Wyatt VC - Rededication by Current South Yorkshire Police Colleagues

Positive Pathways - Armed Force Covenant & The VCT

Thomas ‘Todger’ Jones VC – Memorial Clean

Brookwood Cemetery

Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson

St Peters Church Frimley

Alexander Cobb VC

Martin Leake VC

During the Boer War in 1902, Surgeon-Captain Martin Leake rescued a wounded man whose lay a mere 100 yards from the enemy line at Vlakfontien. He returned to rescue another officer, he was shot three times. Eventually, eight wounded men were brought in and Martin-Leake refused water until all the others were served. For his valour, he received the Victoria Cross.
In the First War, serving as a Lieutenant near Zonnebeke in Belgium, he rescued many men, all lying close to the enemy’s trenches, all the time under constant fire. For this he was awarded a clasp for conspicuous bravery (now known as a ‘bar’ which indicates a second Victoria Cross.) Martin-Leake survived the War.
This week, a team from the Trust gave the Martin-Leake family plot a thorough clean. It was an honour to work on the grave of one of only three double VCs.
The Victoria Cross Trust Martin Leake 1

Thomas Crisp VC

On the 15th of August, 1917, the converted fishing smack Nelson engaged in patrol duties when attacked with gunfire from an enemy submarine. Nelson returned the submarine's fire. The submarine's fourth shot went through the port bow just below the waterline, and the seventh shell struck the skipper, partially disembowelling him, and passed through the deck and out through the side of the ship.
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Despite his wound's terrible nature, Skipper Thomas Crisp maintained consciousness, and his first thought was to send off a message that he was being attacked and giving his position. He continued to command his ship until the ammunition was almost exhausted and the smack was sinking. He refused to be moved into the small boat when the rest of the crew were obliged to abandon the vessel as she sank, his last request being that he might be thrown overboard. The crew were unable to move him, and Crisp went down with his boat.
Whilst on a separate project in Lowestoft, the Victoria Cross Trust visited Thomas Crisp's grave and gave it a clean. We intend to return to give it a more thorough clean and to tidy up the grave, and renew the chippings.
It is the least a man such as this deserves as much.