Victoria Cross

Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on commemorating the holders of the Victoria Cross awarded for actions in the First World War who were not born in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Don Foster Don Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The men who gave their lives in the Great War remain heroes forever, and this is why we recently announced a commemorative paving stone campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War. None of them will be forgotten in our campaign, whether they were born in the UK or not, and we are currently identifying the best way to remember those born abroad. This will be in addition to plans to commemorate these figures overseas, which are currently being finalised by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Posts.

The Government will be making further announcements in due course.

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