TM0558 : Memorial plaque on the Pickerel pub, Stowupland Street, Stowmarket

taken 1 year ago, near to Stowmarket, Suffolk, Great Britain

Memorial plaque on the Pickerel pub, Stowupland Street, Stowmarket
Memorial plaque on the Pickerel pub, Stowupland Street, Stowmarket
As noted on the plaque, Spencer John Bent VC MM (1891-1977) lived on this site.
Spencer Bent, known as Joe, was 23 years old and serving as a drummer in the East Lancashire Regiment (whose successor body, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment, placed this plaque) when he won his Victoria Cross, in November 1914. His officer and company sergeant had been struck down but Bent took command of the company and held their position whilst under attack, at Le Gheer, Belgium. (Before this, in October, he had been noted for bringing ammunition forwards under fire, and immediately after the action in which he won his VC distinguished himself again by rescuing wounded men under fire.) He rose to the rank of Company Sergeant-Major and died in Hackney in 1977; he was cremated at West Norwood cemetery, London. (Details from Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
The plaque can be seen in context at TM0558 : The Pickerel pub, Stowupland Street, Stowmarket.
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Date Taken
Monday, 25 March, 2019   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 2 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Plaque 
Memorial (from Tags)
World War I Memorial 
Period (from Tags)
First World War 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0505 5892 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:11.4228N 0:59.9064E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0505 5892
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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