CALLS have been made for a First World War Victoria Cross hero from the Tigers regiment to be commemorated with a new memorial.
Government plans to honour Victoria Cross holders from the 1914-1918 conflict are set to see paving stones laid in the home towns of those who received the nation’s highest military honour.
It is understood the Government is now looking to revise that plan – widening the project to include any VC recipient with ‘ties’ in the UK.
This move came about after it was revealed that people like Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Bent, of Ashby, (pictured) were left out of initial plans to celebrate winners of the highest award for gallantry as part of its centenary next year.
However, Tigers regimental historian Richard Lane has suggested a memorial independent of what Whitehall does.
He suggested paving stones could be placed outside the Newarke House Museum in Leicester, which is home to the regimental museum.
Mr Bent attended Ashby Boys Grammar School (now Ashby School) between 1904 and 1907.
He was killed in action, aged 26, leading a battalion of the Royal Leicester Regiment, on October 1 1917, east of Polygood Wood, Belgium, near Passchendaele.
He was left out of original plans due to the fact that he was born in Canada.
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said Commonwealth Victoria Cross holders would be commemorated but in separate proposals.
He said: “The men who gave their lives in the Great War will remain heroes forever. The Government will be setting out more of its plan shortly.”