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Memorial unveiled to WW1 VC hero Frederick Dobson

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Image caption Frederick Dobson rescued wounded comrades in France in 1914

A Northumberland soldier, who won the Victoria Cross in World War One, has been remembered at a special service in the presence of his descendants.

Frederick William Dobson repeatedly risked his own life to rescue wounded comrades while serving with the Coldstream Guards in France in 1914.

A memorial stone was unveiled during the service at St Mary's Church in Mr Dobson's home village of Ovingham.

The stone will have a permanent home outside the church.

Members of Mr Dobson's family from Hexham, Crawcrook and Gateshead attended the service, along with senior members of Northumberland County Council and representatives from the Coldstream Guards.

David Ledger, deputy leader of the council, said: "We are extremely pleased to be able to support the commemoration of Victoria Cross recipients.

"This military decoration takes precedence over all other orders and can be awarded to a person of any rank and to civilians under military command.

"We are very proud that a number of Northumbrians received the honour during World War One."

As a 27-year-old private with the Coldstream Guards Mr Dobson twice volunteered to go out under heavy fire to bring in two wounded men at Chavonne in France on 28 September 1914.

He later achieved the rank of lance-corporal and died in 1935.

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Image caption The stone will have a permanent home outside St Mary's Church in Ovingham

The unveiling of the stone is part of a government scheme to install permanent memorials to recipients of the Victoria Cross.

During World War One, 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded - 454 to UK-born recipients, 173 to servicemen born overseas.

One person, Capt Noel Chavasse, was awarded the Victoria Cross twice.

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