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A commemorative VC paving stone is laid for Captain Gribble

A commemorative World War I VC paving stone was laid for Captain Julian Royds Gribble on Friday 23rd March 2018 in Sloane Square in London.

He was commanding officer of 'D' Company, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

On the 21st March 1918 there was an attack on the Hermies Ridge.

He inspired his men to hold their position to the last man. The units on both their left and right flank were forced to withdraw to a second line position under the German counter-attack. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave and gallant deeds that day.

He was wounded and taken prisoner of war by the Germans. When news arrived that he had been awarded the Victoria Cross, his fellow prisoners of war carried him aloft around the camp in celebration. Sadly he caught pneumonia just before the Armistice and died at Mayence on the 24th November 1918, aged 21 years and 10 months.

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