Blackburn man to be remembered for his bravery in World War One

A Blackburnian who received the Victoria Cross for his bravery in World War One is to be remembered with a paving stone outside Blackburn Town Hall.

CQMS William Grimbaldeston who was born in 1889 and served with 1st King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was one of only four soldiers from the town to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

A paving stone in his honour will be unveiled at a commemorative event on Wednesday, August 16 as part of a national initiative which sees commemorative paving stones laid at the birth places of Victoria Cross recipients of the Great War.

Family members of Sergeant Grimbaldeston will attend the ceremony along with civic dignitaries. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Colin Rigby, Blackburn MP Kate Hollern, The High Sheriff of Lancashire Mr Robert Webb, Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel Alan Jolley and Canon Ian Stockton from Blackburn Cathedral will also be in attendance.

Sergeant Grimbaldeston, a mill worker and keen sportsman, was awarded the VC for his heroic achievements on August 16 in 1917 at the infamous battle of Passchendaele.