Town centre parade tribute to VCs

MORE than 200 troops will help mark the centenary of two local men winning the Victoria Cross by parading through Dewsbury town centre tomorrow (Saturday, 11am). 

It has been five years since the 3rd Battalion The Rifles last exercised their Freedom of the Borough rights in Dewsbury.

Officials from Kirklees Council and the army will unveil the two commemorative stones in the town’s peace garden, marking 100 years since Sgt John William Ormsby and Pte Horace Waller won their VCs for exceptional bravery in April, 1917.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Jim Dodds BEM, said: “The parade is a fitting time to mark the brave contribution of two local men 100 years ago.”

The 3rd Battalion The Rifles was only formed 10 years ago as infantry battalions merged, but it has maintained the tradition of recruiting in the Dewsbury area.

Coun Dodds will be taking the salute outside Dewsbury Town Hall before the Band and Bugles of the Rifles lead the parade from there.

Also on parade will be members of D (Rifles) Company, who will form part of the new 8th Battalion The Rifles, formed this month.

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