Royal presence at VC plaques ceremony

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A MEMBER of the Royal Family will take part in the rededication ceremony of plaques honouring the courage of Carnoustie Victoria Cross winners Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis and Petty Officer George McKenzie Samson.

The Guide & Gazette has learned that HRH The Princess Royal has accepted an invitation to honour the two First World War heroes at a ceremony at the War Memorial on Tuesday, October 16.

The bronze plaques which for many years had been set in walls at Samson Place and Jarvis Place were sent off to be cleaned over two years ago. Initially they were to be mounted on stone and set in the grassed area between the two streets named after the men.

The plaques were intended to be set in a rock from the Ardownie quarry run by Arbroath firm, the Geddes Group. However, when Angus Council workers came to deliver the volcanic rock it split in half along a flaw.

It was then decided that the plaques should be placed in the War Memorial.

The Legion padre, Canon Douglas Mckay, will perform the rededication ceremony.

Lance Corporal Jarvis (33), 57th Field Company, Royal Engineers, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Mons in August, 1914, when he demolished a bridge while under heavy German fire for an hour and half.

Petty Officer George McKenzie Samson (26), Royal Naval Reserve, won his Victoria Cross after rescuing and treating dozens of his comrades aboard HMS Clyde during the disastrous amphibious assault at V Beach in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.