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From the Archives - Opening of the New Ground Part 2!

2 weeks ago By Mark Sampson

The 2nd photograph from the opening of the ground in 1968 comes with the opening speech from Rear Admiral Robert St Vincent Sherbrooke VC, CB,DSO,DL

He was a senior officer in the Royal Navy who was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Captain Sherbrooke on HMS Onslow was senior officer in command of destroyers escorting an important convoy for North Russia, when he made contact with a vastly superior enemy force.

Four times the enemy tried to attack the convoy but was forced back each time. Early in the action Captain Sherbrooke was seriously wounded in the face and temporarily blinded. Nevertheless, he continued to direct the ships under his command and even when the next senior officer had assumed control, he insisted on receiving all reports of the action until the convoy was out of danger

Looking on from left to right, R Pick, A Pepper (umpire), A Butler, President Hon. G Seymour, G Shaw (captain)

Updated 12:41 - 4 Jan 2018 by Mark Sampson

Where next?

From the Archives - Opening of the New Ground Part 3! The 3rd in a series of 4 photos, from the opening game played on the new ground.
From the Archives - Opening of the New Ground Part 1! We now move on to a series of unseen photographs from the opening of the new ground on Thrumpton Park.

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