On 24th March the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE joined the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Pat Kynaston, MP Justin Madders, Cheshire West & Chester Councillors, Neston Town Councillors and the Curator of the Surrey Infantry Museum, together with community groups, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the award of a Victoria Cross to a local man, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Bushell.
The Lord Lieutenant, unveiled the memorial plaque which has been placed within the railed area of the War Memorial. He was assisted in the unveiling by Captain Thomas Scriven-Baker, representing the Princess of Wales Regiment.
Almost 50 descendants of Christopher Bushell travelled from as far away as France to take part in the church service which preceded the unveiling and the local branch of the British Legion saluted Lt. Col. Bushell with the Last Post and dipped standards. Local residents stood with the family to observe a minute’s silence.
Our Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor represented the youth of Neston at the ceremony.
Following the formal ceremony guests and local residents took the opportunity to see the replica medals, displayed on an original regimental drum, within a glass case set up in the church.
The cover cloth will be displayed in Neston prior to being donated to the Surrey Museum to join the original medals.
Guests then made their way to the Town Hall to enjoy an afternoon tea and the chance to meet members of the family and regiment.