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Architectural Lead and Metalwork replace stolen lead plaque which honours John Cornwell.


John 'Jack' Travers Cornwell V.C (8 January 1900 – 2 June 1916) commonly known as Jack or Boy Cornwell, was born in Leyton, Essex and is remembered for his gallantry at the Battle of Jutland.

At only 16 years old, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for 'Gallantry in the face of the enemy' that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth forces.

In his honour 'The Cornwell Awar'd - which is a Scout Badge of Courage VC, and the 'Jack Cornwell Bravery Award' were created, buildings and roads are also named as part of this honour, including the National Memorial Cottages – six semi-detached homes for disabled ex-sailors, in Hornchurch Essex which bear his name on a plaque at their entrance.

When this plaque was sadly stolen for scrap value, Architectural Lead and Metalwork were given a photo of the original plaque and set about making a pattern to sand cast a replacement. This was securely fixed, and  the new lead plaque was unveiled in November 2011 by the Mayor and Local MP together with serving Navy officers attending in John Cornwell’s honour.

We are proud to have been able to assist in this important memorial.

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