Lt Col Ernest Alexander: Commemorative stone for Liverpool WW1 soldier

Lt Col Ernest Alexander Image copyright Liverpool City Council
Image caption Lt Col Ernest Alexander fought in Belgium during World War One at Elouges in Belgium

A commemorative stone for one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross medals has been unveiled, marking 100 years of receiving the honour.

Lt Col Ernest Alexander, from Princes Park, Liverpool, was given the award for his bravery rescuing a wounded soldier under heavy fire in 1914.

The soldier fought with the 119th battery of the Royal Field Artillery in Belgium during World War One.

The paving stone was unveiled at Sunburst Gates at Princes Park earlier.

Lt Col Alexander was also awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath, the Companion of St. Michael and St. George, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

'Incredible contribution'

He retired in 1920 to live in Kingsbridge, Devon, where he died aged 63 on 25 August 1934.

Lt Col Alexander was awarded the Victoria Cross 24 hours after the first one for WW1 was given posthumously on 23 August 1914.

His medal was sold privately to a collector in 1999.

A tribute was read about Lt Col Alexander before prayers. A two-minute silence was held and the last post was played.

Lord Mayor Erica Kemp said: "Ernest Alexander was a brave and fearless soldier whose selfless actions saved many lives.

"It will be a permanent reminder of the incredible contribution that he made to the war effort and his role in making sure that more soldiers weren't lost."

The commemorative stone is part of a national scheme run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, where every World War One Victoria Cross recipient will be remembered.

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