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Honour for gallant duo PAVING stones are to be laid to honour two Walsall men who received the country's highest award for gallantry as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War. John Henry Carless and Charles George Bonner were awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of their bravery.

A paving stone for Carless will be laid in November 2017 and one for Bonner will be laid in May 2018. The locations for the stones have not yet been confirmed. It comes as Walsall Council has launched a new website to mark the First World War centenary.

Carless was 21 and an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy during the First World War. Although mortally wounded he showed "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in November 1917, at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight, off the German coast."

Bonner was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve and serving in the Bay of Biscay during the night of August 8, 1917, on board HMS Dunraven. His citation said: "Awarded in recognition of his conspicuous gallantry and consummate coolness and skill, in action with an enemy submarine." Each paving stone will incorporate an electronic reader which people will be able to scan on their smartphones.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 12, 2014
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