Joseph Henry Collin VC

Photo : Peter Hoy

A commemorative VC paving stone was unveiled to honour the memory of South Tyneside Victoria Cross winner, Joseph Henry Collin.

The stone was unveiled during a special ceremony on Monday 9th April 2018 at 11am at Joseph Collin House, in North Street, Jarrow, Lt Collin's birthplace marking the 100th anniversary of 2nd Lieutenant Collin's act of gallantry which won him the Victoria Cross. It was during this act that he was killed leading the defence of his men against the enemy.

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Olive Punchion as well as a representative of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment - a direct descendent of Lt Collin's old regiment. The ceremony also included prayers of dedication and remembrance, the Last Post, a minute's silence and Reveille, played by the Durham Light Infantry buglers.
The Mayor said: The unveiling of this special stone is set to be a very moving and poignant event, marking 100 years to the day that Joseph Henry Collin died defending his comrades.

This new memorial will not only recognise the gallant actions of 2nd Lt Collin and ensure his legacy lives on, but remind us all of the incredible bravery and sacrifices made by so many other members of the armed forces who fought for their country.

The Mayor was joined by the Mayoress, Mrs Mary French as well as local councillors and members of the Armed Forces community. Members of the public were in attendance.

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Councillor Malcolm added:This will be the last of three special commemorative ceremonies held in South Tyneside in honour of the local heroes who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. This is the highest military award for gallantry and valour in the face of the enemy. It is important that these soldiers are remembered for their brave actions.