Ernest George Horlock - The Directory Group

Ernest George Horlock

At 12 noon on Monday 15 September 2014, Alton honoured its local WW1 Victoria Cross hero Ernest George Horlock with a memorial paving stone unveiling ceremony, exhibition and WW1 18 pounder Field Gun firing.

His actions exactly 100 years ago to the day earned him recognition from King George V, who awarded Ernest the highest possible military decoration, the Victoria Cross. A regular soldier in the Royal Field Artillery, he was wounded twice at Vendresse in the Battle of the Marne in September 1914 and returned each time to keep his gun in action under heavy shellfire. He would later become a Battery Sergeant Major, eventually perishing at sea in December 1917 following a U-boat attack.

The prestigious ceremony was organised by the Town Council and East Hants District Council. Several generations of the Horlock family attended the ceremony with Ernest George Horlock’s Great Nephew Mr. Digby Horlock reading a heartfelt tribute, remembering him as a humble man and brave soldier.

Special thanks go out to C.P Kitch for laying the paving stone, Shawyers who loaned the trailer used to transport the gun, Laslett’s Interiors, Dave Tigg for ceremony sound, and all of the people who gave of their time to make this special day possible.

with a memorial paving stone unveiling ceremony, exhibition and WW1 18 pounder Field Gun firing.

His actions exactly 100 years ago to the day earned him recognition from King George V, who awarded Ernest the highest possible military decoration, the Victoria Cross. A regular soldier in the Royal Field Artillery, he was wounded twice at Vendresse in the Battle of the Marne in September 1914 and returned each time to keep his gun in action under heavy shellfire. He would later become a Battery Sergeant Major, eventually perishing at sea in December 1917 following a U-boat attack.

The prestigious ceremony was organised by the Town Council and East Hants District Council. Several generations of the Horlock family attended the ceremony with Ernest George Horlock’s Great Nephew Mr. Digby Horlock reading a heartfelt tribute, remembering him as a humble man and brave soldier.

Special thanks go out to C.P Kitch for laying the paving stone, Shawyers who loaned the trailer used to transport the gun, Laslett’s Interiors, Dave Tigg for ceremony sound, and all of the people who gave of their time to make this special day possible.

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