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First World War hero to be commemorated at Norwich residential development

PUBLISHED: 15:48 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:53 02 December 2017

First World War hero Corporal Sidney Day VC is being commemorated at a new Norwich residential development. Photo supplied by Orbit.

First World War hero Corporal Sidney Day VC is being commemorated at a new Norwich residential development. Photo supplied by Orbit.

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A local First World War hero is to be commemorated in a new development in Norwich.

The plaque commemorating Corporal Sidney Day VC at the new residential development St Anne's Quarter. Photo: Orbit The plaque commemorating Corporal Sidney Day VC at the new residential development St Anne's Quarter. Photo: Orbit

Corporal Sidney Day VC will be honoured by Orbit in their St Anne’s Quarter development just off King Street.

Born in St Ann Lane, Corporal Day was 26-years-old when he was awarded the Victoria Cross, for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

In 1917 in the fields of Ypres and Passchendaele, he killed two machine gunners, captured four prisoners and cleared a stick bomb that fell into a trench, saving the lives of those in it.

Following this he cleared the trench and remained at his post for 66 hours, under intense hostile shell and rifle grenade fire.

Ian Fieldhouse, land and new business director at Orbit, said: “It is incredible to hear about the bravery shown by Corporal Day in the First World War.

“We are proud to honour his memory on the site he was born providing a permanent tribute for generations to come.”

He added: “Our development is steeped in rich Norwich history and we are grateful for the dedication of the project team in supporting us to carefully preserve its historical findings as we build a new, prosperous community in the heart of this city.”

Taff Gillingham, member of The Friends of the Suffolk Regiment designed the plaque. He said: “I was delighted to help unveil the plaque dedicated to Sidney James Day, VC. The small project team, led by the late Mr Ron Mace of Sprowston, have spent many, many years working towards this.

“Orbit has finally enabled this to happen and, on behalf of John Taylor, the late Major Richard Wilson and the rest of the team, I would like to thank Orbit very much indeed.”

Gail Harris, deputy leader and cabinet member for social housing at Norwich City Council, commented: “We welcome the unveiling of the plaque as recognition of the bravery and sacrifices made by the people of Norwich in the World Wars.

“The City Council has also commemorated the heroism of Sidney Day and Wilfred Edwards, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917, by placing two stones in front of the War Memorial which bear their names.”

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