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VC703   John (Jack) Travers Cornwell

BORN   8 January 1900

DIED   2 June 1916   AGE   16

VC Won   31 May 1916   AGE   16

Place VC Won   Battle of Jutland, North Sea, HMS Chester

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   John (Jack) Travers Cornwell    No.   O.N.J 42563   POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   703   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won   Boy First Class

Rank End Of Career   Boy First Class

Place Of Birth   Leyton, London, England

Place Of Death   Grimsby District Hospital, Lincolnshire, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Manor Park Cemetery, London, England (Originally buried in a common grave at Grimsby Cemetery, Lincolnshire)


Date Buried/Cremated   29 July 1916

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   Square 55, Grave 13

Gazetted   15 September 1916

VC Presented   16 November 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his mother


P  Headstone, Manor Park Cemetery, London, England

P  Named On HMS Chester Memorial, Chester Cathedral, Cheshire

P Named on War Memorial, Central Park, East Ham, East London

P  Cornwell Close, Gosport, Hampshire

P  Jack Cornwell Street, Manor Park, E London

P  Named On Memorial Outside St Botolph Without Bishopgate Church, City Of London

Memorial Window, City Memorial Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Plaque, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, E London

Memorial Plaque, National Memorial Cottages,  Hornchurch, Essex

By The Way…

Awarded a postumous Bronze Cross, the highest Boy Scout award, Scout movement also instituted the Cornwell Badge in his honour

Several poems and the song “The Hero” written in his honour

Paintings by Frank O Salisbury and F Matania

VC Held By

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Kennington, London, England



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