Streets named in honour of First World War heroes

Published: Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Six First World War heroes are being commemorated at a new housing estate – by having streets named in their honour.

The war heroes, all recipients of the Military Medal for bravery in battle on land, will be remembered at a new housing development by Keepmoat Homes at Eaves Lane, Bucknall.

The site will include roads named after George Barton, who served with the North Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion and died in 1921; George Steele,  a miner who joined up in 1915 with the North Staffords who was killed in 1918; George Treglown, who was the proprietor of the Cannon House pub in Hanley; Henry Mason, a Tunstall man who served with South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Battalion who died in 1917; John Wyatt who was with 11th Battalion The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, and Richard Dawson of the Lancashire Fusiliers who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917 aged just 21.

Members of the servicemen’s families and representatives from the Mercian Regiment will attend a ceremony on Friday (11 May) to unveil the street names.

Councillor Anthony Munday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s armed forces champion, explained that the streets are being named as part of a project to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

He said: “It’s fantastic that Keepmoat Homes have agreed to use the names of some of Stoke-on-Trent’s finest sons for this lovely new development. The streets unveiled here will ensure that the names of some of our heroes from the First World War will live on.”

Michael Nolan, land and partnerships director for Keepmoat Homes in the West Midlands, said: “It is an honour to have so many family members join this event as we reflect on the bravery and courage of their relatives during the First World War.

“We hope that the signs will help to remind and educate current and future generations at Bucknall Grange about the huge sacrifices these local heroes and many others made.”

George Steele is commemorated on the Bucknall war memorial. He was a miner who joined up in 1915 with the North Staffords, he went on to become Company Sergeant Major and received the Military Medal in 1917. He was killed on March 24th 1918.

George Treglown was awarded the Military Medal along with other medals for his participation in the Great War. He had links with Cannon Street in Hanley as he was the proprietor of Cannon House, a pub which was demolished in the 1960s as a result of development works in the area.

John Wyatt. Rank: Corporal. Number: 19275. Corps: 11th Battalion The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (The Sherwood Foresters). Born in 1883, year of death 1960. In addition to the general service medals such as the 1915-1918 Star, he was most notably awarded the Military Medal for gallantry. Although the service record appears to have been lost due to Second World War bombings of the War Office, we believe the medal was awarded for an action during the course of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Richard Dawson was killed at Passchendaele but was awarded the Military medal. He was a Lance Corporal in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He died in 1917 aged 21.

Private George Barton served in the North Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion. From Fenton, he was awarded the Military Medal. He died in July 1921 aged 31.

Private Henry Mason served in the South Staffordshire Regiment 1st Battalion. From Tunstall, he was awarded the Military Medal. He died in France in October 1917.

The Military Medal was instituted on 25 March 1916 and backdated to 1914. It was awarded to British Army and Commonwealth Forces personnel below commissioned rank. It was an award for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land.

On the reverse of the medal is inscribed “For Bravery in the Field”. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the letters M.M. after their name.

The Military Medal is the British Army equivalent of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) and the Air Force Medal (AFM).

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