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How a Stockton man won the VC

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  Ted Cooper writes how his granda won the VC. Edward Cooper was born in Stockton on the 4th May 1896.  He left school at the age of 13 and by 1914 he was selling fruit for the Co-operative Society.  When war was declared, many of the Co-op’s horses were commandeered by the army and Ned was unable to work.  He was put on an early holiday, durin…


24 August 1918 : Pte Willie Allott

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His parents were James (a blacksmith at the colliery) and Emma Allott who lived at 4 Church Street, Ravensthorpe. He was baptised 17 Aug 1894. He was the oldest of the six children.  Age 16 at the 1911 Census Willie was working at the woollen mill in Thornhill Lees.  After originally being drafted into the KOYLI, it was with the King's Royal …


George Peachment: one of the youngest recipients of the Victoria Cross

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George Peachment was, when he enlisted, not much different from many other young volunteers in that he lied about his age to try to 'do his bit' for King and Country. His first attempt to enlist was unsuccessful (according to a family member, to try to make him look older, he borrowed his father's bowler hat when he tried to enlist aged 17 years an…