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Victoria Cross memorial stone unveiled to celebrate action of Brentwood First World War soldier

PUBLISHED: 13:33 12 November 2018

A Victoria Cross memorial stone for Sgt William Merrifield VC was unveiled by Lord Pickles with members of the Brentwood Sea Cadets unit. Picture: Sandra Rowse

A Victoria Cross memorial stone for Sgt William Merrifield VC was unveiled by Lord Pickles with members of the Brentwood Sea Cadets unit. Picture: Sandra Rowse

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A soldier has been recognised for his acts of bravery during the First World War with a Victoria Cross memorial stone.

A Victoria Cross memorial stone for Sgt William Merrifield VC was unveiled by Lord Pickles with members of the Brentwood Sea Cadets unit. Picture: Sandra RowseA Victoria Cross memorial stone for Sgt William Merrifield VC was unveiled by Lord Pickles with members of the Brentwood Sea Cadets unit. Picture: Sandra Rowse

The stone was unveiled at the Brentwood War Memorial by Lord Eric Pickles, Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Sheila Murphy as AC Apple-Jane and AC Miles from the Brentwood Sea Cadets of the London eastern district performed an honorary guard.

Lord Pickles, who was key to the installation of the memorial stone, was surrounded by representatives from the Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion, councillors, Sea Cadets and nearby schools as he explained the stone’s importance.

The dedication was to Sgt William Merrifield who was born in Brentwood 1890, of 4th Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment for acts of bravery and devotion to duty in 1918.

AC Miles from the Brentwood Sea Cadets, who piped the still for the unveiling said: “I am honoured to be able to show my respects for this man in this way.

“He showed such courage in carrying out his duty and saved the lives of his men.

“I hope one day to serve my country as an engineer in the Royal Navy.”

Both AC Miles and AC Apple-Jane attend the Brentwood Sea Cadets and have already been on board the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

AC Apple-Jane said: “We get to do so many things in the Sea Cadets like meteorology, water sports, catering, offshore voyages, international exchanges, aviation, engineering and BTEC qualifications, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in.”

For more information about the branch, visit sea-cadets.org

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