As the Victoria Cross, awarded posthumously to Lance Corporal James Ashworth has now been confirmed by the MOD and widely reported in the media, the Victoria Cross Trust wishes to take this opportunity to commend the bravery that the service men awarded the Victoria Cross over the years continue to demonstrate as they carry out their duties around the world. With such a rare award bestowed upon the 23 year old from Northamptonshire, it is with great sadness but tremendous honour that the Trust recognises and praises those awarded a Victoria Cross.
Lance Corporal James Ashworth tragically gave his life to protect the remaining members of his platoon and the Victoria Cross Trust wants to ensure that men like L/Cpl James Ashworth are never forgotten. The Victoria Cross is the highest level of honour that can be awarded to any member of the military forces.
Gary Stapleton, Chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, said: “Although this cannot replace a lost loved one, this honoured recognition, awarded by Her Majesty the Queen, should be a reminder to the rest of our nation the level of gallantry our servicemen lay down for our country.”
L/Cpl James Ashworth is only the 10th British soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross since World War II and only the second for services in Afghanistan. The Victoria Cross is only awarded to a person who shows extreme valour in the face of the enemy. Since the award was first gazetted in 1856 the Victoria Cross has been awarded only 1,361 times, which makes the award so rare.
Since 2011 the Victoria Cross Trust has strived to discover the deteriorating graves of Victoria Cross holders and restore them to a standard they deserve. “It is an honour to pay our respects to our Valorous Few,” added Gary Stapleton. “Our thoughts are with the Ashworth family, who at this time are still grieving for their loss, who are obviously proud of his actions in battle and that he will be immortalised forever in history for his courage. We work hard to ensure men like L/Cpl James Ashworth are remembered in a way that reflects the service they paid to their country, and it is our honour to work with the families and volunteers who wish to remember and uphold the memory of Victoria Cross holders.”
About the Victoria Cross Trust
The Victoria Cross Trust exists to repair and preserve the neglected graves of Victoria Cross holders, and perpetuate their memory and ensure they are honoured. Only the graves of the servicemen that have been awarded the military honour who died on the battlefield during the First and Second World War are looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, otherwise it is the responsibility of the living relatives. However many of these graves have been neglected which is when the Victoria Cross Trust is needed. Established in 2011 the Victoria Cross Trust aims to ensure all the graves of our bravest servicemen are remembered in a manner that reflects their valour.
The work of the Victoria Cross Trust restoring the graves of service men can only continue with the help of the donations from the public, to donate please visit the Trust’s JustGiving page and pledge to help commemorate our nations’ heroes.
For more information please visit http://www.victoriacrosstrust.org/ or contact:
+44 1636 812 512