Town war heroes to be honoured at ceremony

The plaque will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 17.
The plaque will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 17.
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HEROES of the First World War will be forever remembered in Grantham after the unveiling of blue plaques in their honour.

Victoria Cross recipients Capt Albert Ball and L Cpl Joseph Tombs are the first Grantham greats to receive a special blue plaque in their honour.

Victoria Cross recipient Albert Ball will be honoured with a blue plaque along with L Cpl Joseph Tombs VC. Both men attended the King's School before serving their country.

Victoria Cross recipient Albert Ball will be honoured with a blue plaque along with L Cpl Joseph Tombs VC. Both men attended the King's School before serving their country.

The plaques are part of a project headed by Grantham Civic Society aimed at commemorating Grantham’s favourite sons and daughters while promoting the town.

Courtney Finn of Grantham Civic Society said: “I think it’s very important for people to know about their town so they can be proud of the people who have lived here and achieved something.

“The problem is that not enough people in the town know enough about our history - and we do have an amazing history. If people do know about their town and its history then they can feel proud of the place.”

The first two plaques will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Tuesday (May 17) at The King’s School at 4pm. The event is open to the public and will feature a flypast by AWAC planes from RAF Waddington.

Capt Albert Ball was a First World War fighter pilot who, at the time of his death, was the leading allied fighter pilot with 44 victories. Capt Ball was a wartime hero throughout Britain.

L Cpl Tombs received his Victoria Cross after repeatedly braving German gunfire to rescue four stranded comrades, dragging one back single-handedly.

Both men attended the King’s School in the first decade of the twentieth century.

There will be a total of seven blue plaques put up around Grantham in the coming weeks and months. Other plaques will be to Victoria Cross recipient L Cpl Walter Parker, renowned doll-maker Madam Montanari, author and founding father of the USA Thomas Paine, Bishop John Wand and, of course, Sir Isaac Newton.

Six of the plaques have been funded by Grantham Future with district council money, while the seventh has been paid for by the Rotary Club of Grantham.

Similar unveiling ceremonies will accompany the installing of the other plaques.