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VC617   Douglas Walter Belcher

BORN   15 July 1889

DIED   3 June 1953   AGE   63

VC Won    13 May 1915   AGE   25

Place VC Won   Near St. Julien, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Douglas Walter Belcher   No.   9539   

VC Issue No.   617   Awards   VC   

Regiment   London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), 1/5th (City of London) Battalion

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Lance-Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Surbiton, Surrey, England

Place Of Death   Claygate, Surrey, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Holy Trinity Churchyard, Claygate, Surrey, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   23 June 1915

VC Presented   12 July 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Holy Trinity Churchyard, Claygate, Surrey

P  Name on memorial, roll of honour, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire

P  Name on Victoria Cross Grove Memorial, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Plaque, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

P  22 Berberis Bush's Planted In Honour Of The 22 WW1 Victoria Cross Winners Of The Church Lads Brigade, The Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, War Memorial, Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey

By The Way…

He was the first Territorial from the ranks to be awarded the VC during the First World War

VC Held By

Royal Green Jackets Museum, Peninsular Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, England



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Thank You To The Late Kenneth Grey And The Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade For Information On Their National Memorial Arboretum Garden