Wyre Forest District Council has announced that the public will have a rare opportunity to view the Victoria Cross earned by a Kidderminster man in 1915.
Captain Eustace Jotham VC was born in Kidderminster in 1883. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for gallantly giving his own life in trying to rescue one of his men who had lost his horse in action on the North West Frontier, what is now Pakistan.
A century to the day after this brave act, local residents will have the chance to see the Victoria Cross. The decoration was donated to Bromsgrove School by one of Captain Jotham’s relatives and is being displayed with the generous cooperation of the School, where Captain Jotham was a pupil from 1899 to 1901.
The Victoria Cross will be on display in the Corn Exchange at the Town Hall, Kidderminster on Wednesday 7 January 2015 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Councillor Stephen Williams, the Chairman of the Wyre Forest District Council, said:
“It is wonderful that local people will have the chance to see Captain Jotham’s Victoria Cross on the centenary of the action in which he won Britain’s highest gallantry award for bravery in the face of the enemy. We are very grateful to Bromsgrove School for agreeing to lend the decoration for public display in Kidderminster.
“I hope local residents will take this rare opportunity to view the Victoria Cross. I would also encourage them to come along to the ceremony later the same day when I shall have the honour of unveiling a paving stone to commemorate Captain Jotham.”
The official unveiling of the Victoria Cross paving stone to commemorate Captain Jotham will be at 2:00pm on Wednesday 7 January 2015. The paving stone will be installed near the foot of the Angel of Peace, outside St Mary’s and All Saints Church in Kidderminster. Find out more information here.
The paving stone to commemorate Captain Jotham has been provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of a Government initiative to commemorate all the First World War recipients of the VC.
More information about the VC paving stones programme can be found here.
The stone to commemorate Captain Jotham will be joined by a further stone in 2018, to commemorate Private John Francis Young VC. He was also born in Kidderminster.