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Memorial garden for Shotton VC war hero

AN EX-SHOTTON steelworker who was awarded with the country’s highest award for courage has been honoured with the opening of a memorial garden.

Henry Weale VC received the Victoria Cross after showing bravery during the First World War.

Members of the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh including the regimental goat, Billy, were at the opening of the garden in Shotton, as were local councillors, Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami, members of Harry Weale’s family and local historian Bill Tyrell.

The memorial was provided by Shotton town council, AD Waste Ltd and Flintshire Community Trust.

Cllr John Beard, chairman of Shotton Town Council, said: “It has been a splendid day and we are proud to be able to honour a local hero who was given the highest military award for bravery.”

Cllr Ron Davies, chairman of AD Waste Ltd, said: “It gives me great pleasure to open the memorial garden in honour of Harry Weale VC, a true hero of Shotton. We are all truly proud of him.”

Henry, also known as Harry, was born in 1897 in Brook Road, Shotton, and when he was 20, while serving as a lance corporal with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, on August 26, 1918, in the village of Bazentin-le-Grand, near Longueval in northern France, he took on enemy machine guns and cleared the way for the advance.

After the war he returned home to a hero’s welcome and later moved to Rhyl, where he raised a family. Following his death in 1959, Harry was given a full military funeral in Rhyl.

Members of Henry’s family were also present for the opening of the garden. His granddaughter Gillian Weale told the Chronicle: “We are all very touched that he has been honoured in this way. It is a lovely tribute.”

Flintshire Chronicle

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