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RHODES-MOORHOUSE VC COMMEMORATION

First World War Hero Remembered

In April 2015 residents of Spratton remembered a young man who was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery on 26th April 1915.  Lt William Rhodes-Moorhouse VC RFC lived in the village before the First World War and was well-known for his fast motorcars and his exciting, new flying machines.

One hundred years after the flight that earned him the country’s highest award for bravery, an official memorial stone to Lt William Rhodes-Moorhouse VC was placed in the Millennium Garden on the Brixworth Road in Spratton and unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, Mr David Laing. A group of today’s airmen from No 2 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth travelled from Scotland especially to be present and formed a standard party to pay tribute to their former colleague. The band of Northampton’s Air Training Corps led the procession from the church and a young ATC bugler played the Last Post.  The Bishop of Brixworth, the Right Reverend John Holbrook and the Rector of the Uplands Group of parishes, the Reverend Chris Peck, conducted a service of remembrance in St Andrew’s Church, Spratton.

The proceedings were organised by Spratton Local History Society and supported by Northamptonshire County Council, Daventry District Council and the Daventry District Housing Community Chest. Photographs by the Spratton Photography Group.

Memorial Stone to William-Rhodes Moorhouse VC
Guard of Honour for the Standard of No 2 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth
The Bishop of Brixworth, the Rt. Rev'd John Hobrook, arrives with the Rev'd Chris Peck
The Standard of No 2 Squadron enters St. Andrew's Church
Presentation of the Standard of the Royal British Legion
The Service of Remembrance
The band of Northampton’s Air Training Corps
Unveiling of the Stone by the Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, Mr David Laing
A warm and historical Address by the Lord Lieutenant
...listened to by representatives of Lt. Rhodes-Moorhouse's family
Unveiling of the Memorial stone
The Lord Lieutenan, Mrs. Mary Laing and Corporal Adam Sanderson
Salute by the Guard of Honour for the Standard
The Chairman of the Spratton Local History Society, Enid Jarvis, with the Lord Lieutenant
Tea party following the Commemoration
The Memorial Stone in Spratton's Millennium Garden
Sign explaining background of Memorial Stone
Sign detail with QR link to Spratton History Website
   

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