TQ5386 : Cornwell Cottages, Hornchurch

taken 9 years ago, near to Hornchurch, Havering, Great Britain

Cornwell Cottages, Hornchurch
Cornwell Cottages, Hornchurch
These memorial cottages were named in honour of John Travers Cornwell (also known as Jack). In October 1915 he left his job as a delivery boy to join
the Royal Navy. He was just 15 years of age.
Having trained as a gun sight setter, May 31st of the following year found him as part of the crew of HMS Chester, and engaged in the Battle of Jutland. His ship came under heavy fire, with huge casualties. With all of his gun crew dead around him, and himself severely wounded, he stuck to his post awaiting further orders. The ship survived and John was taken to hospital in Grimsby where he died of his wounds on 2nd of June 1916. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, collected from King George V on his behalf by his grieving mother.
There are many memorials to this brave boy all over the world. Including these lovely cottages.
For detail of the memorial plaque on the left gatepost see TQ5386 : National Memorial to John Cornwell VC by Dave K.
To see a picture of his grave, go to TQ4185 : Resting place of a boy hero by John Davies.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 16 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 16 April, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 539 865 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.4258N 0:13.1687E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 540 865
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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