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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 09/09/1897 Broughton, Lancashire. d. 24/01/1977 Preston, Lancashire.

 

Towers from Broughton, Preston, Lancashire, worked on his father's farm before attempting to enlist in July 1915. When it was discovered that he was underage, he was sent home. He tried again in August 1916, originally enlisting in the 5th Dragoon Guards, but he soon transferred to the 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

 

VC ACTION

 

On 6 October 1918 at Méricourt, France, when five runners had failed to deliver an important message, Private Towers, while aware of the fate of those who had already attempted the task, volunteered for the duty. In spite of the heavy fire opened on him as soon as he moved, he went straight through from cover to cover and eventually delivered the message. His determination and disregard of danger was an inspiring example.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: SOLD FOR £144,000 AT AUCTION IN MARCH 2015.

BURIAL PLACE: PRESTON CREMATORIUM, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE.

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James Towers VC

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Towers' medals prior to auction in March 2015

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3rd January 1919

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